Former instructor has case admonished

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A former driving instructor who gave paid instruction to two ex-pupils, without a current instructor’s licence, was admonished.

At Jedburgh Sheriff Court, George Borthwick, 61, of Salisbury Avenue, also admitted committing the offences while subject to a Sex Offenders’ Order.

He gave paid instruction to two ex-pupils in Hawick, on May 26 and June 7, prior to them sitting their driving tests.

Prosecutor Tessa Bradley said Borthwick had been “struck off” after a previous offence, and had handed the business over to his son-in-law.

Solicitor Ross Dow, defending, said the offence “looks much worse than it is.

“He never had any intention to carry on the enterprise, but both boys had lessons from him before, and he took them for an hour before they sat their test, and passed the money on to his son-in-law.

“They did not flag this to the police. It was a rival driving instructor,” concluded Mr Dow.

Sheriff Donald Corke admonished Borthwick, telling him, “It is worse than it looks. These were not random new clients.”