A SELF-employed joiner caught driving while disqualified for the sixth time after taking an overdose of tablets did so due to stress after his partner had discovered he had been having an affair.

Steven Rough, 29, was jailed for eight months for his latest offence.

His solicitor said his decision to take to the wheel was triggered by his poor mental health, made worse by his personal circumstances in which he had an affair and fathered two children within a short space of time.

Appearing for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Rough, whose address was given on court papers as Central Road, Crombie, had previously admitted driving a vehicle on Central Road without the consent of the owner on July 17 and driving while disqualified.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said police were advised by his partner that he had taken a quantity of tablets and they had gone out to look for him as they were concerned for his well-being.

He was traced and an ambulance was called and Rough was arrested for driving while disqualified.

His solicitor, Sarah Meehan, said her client was aware he was the "master of his own misfortune" and appreciated the seriousness of his position.

"He essentially was having an affair and that resulted in him fathering two children in a short space of time with two women," she told the court.

"His partner found out and that put considerable stress on the relationship. He was struggling to deal with that and struggling to deal with the consequences.

"He had two attempts on his own life and advises that this background affected his decision making and clouded his judgement in deciding to drive.

"He made no enquiry with his partner about taking the vehicle. He clearly should not have been driving."

Sheriff Craig McSherry jailed Rough and banned him from driving for 10 years.

"This is your sixth conviction for driving while disqualified," he told him. "I note your reason for doing so was to see your son in Fife so you drove all the way from Glasgow to do this with complete disregard of court orders."