A CASHIER at a Dunfermline bookmakers shop was racially abused by a pensioner.

David Mitchell, 68, of Fodbank View, was found guilty after a trial.

On August 14 at Betfred, High Street, Dunfermline, he acted in a racially aggravated manner which caused or intended to cause alarm or distress to a man working there, by acting in an aggressive manner, shouting and uttering racially offensive comments.

Defence solicitor Ian Beatson said his client did not accept that he made racially abusive remarks but did accept that he was "shouting and bawling".

He added that Mitchell had been suffering from ill-health.

Sheriff Charles Macnair told Mitchell: "This was a case where you racially abused somebody who was just doing their job.

"People who are trying to do their job are entitled to the protection of the courts.

"I take into account that you have a limited record."

Mitchell was placed on a restriction of liberty order, whereby he'll have to stay in his home between the hours of 7pm-7am, for six months and told to pay the victim £300 compensation.