The man behind a string of controversial legal high shops has been disqualified from driving after committing five motoring offences in just over a year.
Liston Pacitti, 25, was banned from the road for six months after admitting a series of offences, including speeding, running a red light and using a mobile phone at the wheel.
The shop owner admitted his latest offence at Perth’s Justice of the Peace Court yesterday – bringing his total penalty points since April 2013 to 15.
Pacitti, of Devron Road, Aberdeen, admitted driving his 10-year-old Toyota Celica through a red light at Dundee Road in Perth on August 30 last year.
Fiscal depute Stuart Richardson told the court that Pacitti had sent a letter to the court admitting his latest offence, and that he was already serving a six-month ban.
Pacitti said: “I was disqualified in October last year at Stirling Sheriff Court as per the totting-up procedure.”
He had three points imposed as a fixed penalty on April 14, 2013 for a bald tyres offence, and had a further three points added on May 21, 2013 for driving while using a mobile phone.
In October 2013 he had a further three points added for a speeding offence, and in October 2014 he admitted speeding on a motorway.
He had three points imposed on his licence yesterday and was fined £300. Pacitti told the court he was self-employed and earned £250 pounds a week. He was given eight months to pay.
Two legal high stores Pacitti ran in Angus were closed last year after a campaign against them by the local community.
Declaration in Arbroath and The High Life in Montrose closed their doors after he said keeping them open was “too much hassle”.
Angus police commander Chief Inspector Gordon Milne said he was glad to see the back of premises that sold “hideous substances”.
It is understood Pacitti still operates two other legal high shops in Perth and Aberdeen.