TWO Fife women, one from Rosyth, who racially abused a bus driver as he brought passengers back from the Edinburgh Festival have appeared in court.

They repeatedly called the Polish driver a ‘Nazi’ and were obnoxious with other travellers on the journey in incidents captured by a passenger on his mobile phone.

In the dock for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court were Frances Duggan or Morris, 61, of Park Road, Rosyth, and Annette Hay, 52, of Glebe Place, Burntisland.

After a trial last month, they were found guilty of a charge that on August 18, at Admiralty Road, Rosyth, whilst being conveyed on a public bus, they acted in a racially-aggravated manner towards Marcin Tatartoinowicz, in the course of his employment as a bus driver, by uttering abusive and racially-offensive remarks.

The driver told the trial that the bus had been busy that night as it was during the festival. The incident took place on the 11.15pm Edinburgh to Leven service.

The driver told the court: “They tried to open a window and started arguing with other passengers.”

At Ferrytoll, most of the passengers got off. Nearby, there were roadworks in place which prevented the bus going its normal route to Rosyth.

He heard one of the women say: “Where is the driver going?”

The other replied: “He’s Polish. He doesn’t know where he’s going.” They started shouting at him and were both aggressive towards him.

“I said: ‘That’s enough, I’m phoning the police’,” the driver continued.

He heard them saying: “He’s a f****** Nazi. He’s Polish. He’s not from here.”

When he stopped the bus near Rosyth, the pair forced the door open and clambered out, one of them falling onto the tarmac.

A video of the incident was taken by one of the other passengers in which the women could be heard laughing and calling the driver a Nazi.

The driver said: “This was the worst abuse I’ve received. I’m doing a public service. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Sheriff Simon Collins placed both women on community payback orders with 150 hours of unpaid work.