LANDSCAPE gardeners were left terrified after an outburst by a criminal who had been doing his community unpaid work with them.
Darren Christopher Oliver had been asked to leave the company where he was carrying out his unpaid work after a complaint about him.
But when 21-year-old Oliver spotted the team of workers in Etchingham Road, he hurled abuse at them and employee Thomas Hughes.
His solicitor Anthony Waller said that unemployed Oliver, of Marsden Road, was apologetic over the incident.
“He had been put with the company as part of his community work by the courts,” said Mr Waller.
“He now realises his outburst was a silly decision.
“He has since seen Mr Hughes and apologised.”
He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £40 costs.