The following cases were heard at Reading and Slough Magistrates’ Court

March 1
JIMMY FRANKHAM, 23, of Carters Hill Park, Wokingham admitted to being in possession of cannabis in Sandhurst on May 9, 2020. He was given a conditional discharge and told to pay £85 in court costs and a £22 victim surcharge.

March 2
KHANH MINH HO, 41, of Shefford Crescent, Wokingham, was convicted of two counts of assault in Datchet, Slough on March 14, 2020. He was fined £375, told to pay costs of £770 and a victim surcharge of £37.50. 

March 3
CHARLIE PURNELL, 24, of Evedon, Bracknell, admitted to assault in Bracknell on September 12, 2020. He was fined £120, ordered to pay costs of £85 and told to pay a victim surcharge of £34. 

March 4
MOWASAR HASHEMI, 23, of Bracken Bank, Bracknell, convicted of driving while under the influence of cannabis in Reading on August 30, 2019. He was banned from driving for 12 months, ordered to carry out 90 hours of unpaid work, fined £120 and told to pay court costs of £250. 

March 5
PAUL CONNOLLY, 56, of Ashridge Road, Wokingham, convicted of being ‘equipped for theft’ after being caught with a detagger in Wokingham on July 1, 2020. He was sentenced to twelve weeks in prison due to severity of offence. Connolly wsa also told to pay a victim surcharge of £128 and court costs of £200. 

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