A man who was jailed 12 years ago in the wake of a double death crash was back in the dock, where he admitted driving at 109mph on the A96.
Michael Mason, 35, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday and admitted driving at 109mph in a 70mph speed limit on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverurie road near Gauchhill, Kintore.
The offence took place on June 4 last year at around 3.30pm.
It comes after Mason, whose address was given in court papers as Hopetoun Grange, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, was previously jailed in 2005 for causing the deaths of two friends by dangerous driving in a fireball smash near Crathes.
He was a learner at the time and lost control of a borrowed car at 80mph on April 16, 2004.
He spun into the path of a bus, instantly killing Steven Reid, 19, and Russell Horne, who had been just 10 minutes away from celebrating his 22nd birthday.
The bus driver, Annalisa Murray, was trapped by her foot and had to be rescued by firefighters.
When Mason appeared in court yesterday over the speeding offence Sheriff Morag McLaughlin ordered him to pay a £600 fine and banned him from driving for 12 months.
Liam McAllister, Mason’s solicitor, told the court his client had not realised the speed he was travelling at because another vehicle nearby was also travelling at a similar speed.
He said: “It did not appear to them that they had gone up to such a considerable speed.”
He added: “Mr Mason was shocked and horrified when told by the police the speed.
“He was with his wife and they had received a call from their child minder to advise that their young son had taken unwell and required to be taken to hospital.
“He does not offer that as a defence, just an explanation.
“Mr Mason does not shy away from his previous conviction.
“The man that sits before the court is a very different man to that 21-year-old.”
Mr McAllister said Mason had had a clean driving licence since completing an extended driving course.
He added: “He has been a courteous, competent and safe driver.”