A NOTORIOUS conman blamed the stress of being a dad to twins after he threw a pen at petrol station worker.
Thomas Restorick, 37, was jailed for ten years for stealing close to £500,000 from a 77-year-old Alzheimer sufferer in March 2002.
Now, he has been ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work following a bust-up last month.
Restorick, from Wallyford, shouted and swore at staff and customers and threw a pen at a female staff member at the BP service station in Musselburgh on January 14.
Restorick pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner during an appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday, and also admitted committing the offence while on bail.
Solicitor Emma Fleming blamed the incident on her client being “very tired and stressed” due to his partner having recently having twins.
Ms Fleming said: “They [the twins] were unwell at the time and he’d had very little sleep and he was under stress looking after the children and he became involved in a verbal altercation.”