FROM THE COURTS: Cases heard in Reading and Slough Magistrates Court in recent weeks

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A YATELEY man stopped for drug driving in Finchampstead has been ordered to undertake 200 hours of community service.

Reading Magistrates Court heard that Harley Lloyd, 26 and from Minstead Drive, had been stopped on January 28 last year in Longwater Road in his neighbouring village.

A test revealed that he had traces of benzoylecgonine, a form of cocaine, and  Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, a form of cannabis, in his bloodstream.

Lloyd has previously pleaded not guilty at a hearing on December 8 last year, but
he changed his plea when his case was heard on February 23.

In addition to the community service, Lloyd is banned from driving for two year and was ordered to pay costs of £20 and £90 to victim services.

AN EARLEY landlord has been fined £6,000 for several breaches to houses he let as multiple occupations.

Nidan Singh, 80 and from Palmerstone Road, appeared at Reading Magistrates Court on February 26, where he admitted failing to comply with series of regulations relating to section 234 of the Housing Act 234, following an inspection of 148 London Road, Reading on July 19, 2019.

The breaches included failing to ensure there was a fire door to the ground floor middle bedroom – a wooden panel had been fitted to cover an area where a lock had broken off.

Singh had failed to ensure that the fire alarm was in good working order and that the heat detector in the kitchen had been covered with a plastic bag.

His ground floor rear bathroom had tiles missing from the walls, dirty pipework, paintwork in disrepair, a window sill in poor condition, a handle missing from the window and the toilet seat head on with string.

The kitchen had a rodent infestation, with a rodent hole in the floor, rat droppings beneath a dirty work unit and an adjacent wall was found to be dirty. Inspectors noted that there were drawers missing and damaged, while the ceiling was in disrepair with damp stains along the walls.

Singh was also found guilty of failing to maintain the central heating system, with four radiators removed meaning it was not in complete working order.

Singh had failed to ensure that all communal areas were maintained in a safe and working condition, including a central rocker missing from a light switch.

In addition to the fines – £1,000 for each offence – Singh was ordered to pay costs of £1,956 and £181 to victim services, at a rate of £500 per month.

A WOKINGHAM man has been found guilty of two counts of assaulting a woman.

The incidents took place on February 28 and March 14 last year.

Although Khanah Minh Ho, 41 and from Shefford Crescent, had pleaded not guilty on September 3 last year, Reading Magistrates Court found him guilty at a hearing on March 2.

Ho was ordered to pay fines totally £375, £770 costs and £37.50 to victim services.

He must not contact his victim directly or indirectly for two years.

A WOKINGHAM man has been sent to jail for 12 weeks after being caught with a detagging device.

Paul Mark Connolly, 56 and from Ashridge Road, had been stopped in Wokingham on July 1 last year when police found the device on him. He was charged with going equipped for theft.

Despite pleading not guilty, Reading Magistrates Court found him guilty at a hearing on December 15 last year.

He was sentenced on March 5, and jailed due to a breach of a conditional discharge order of
18 months on January 8, 2020.

Connolly was ordered to pay £200 costs and £128 to victim services, at a rate of £20 per month.

A MAN from Wexham in Buckinghamshire has been jailed after being stopped in Woodley.

Palwinder Dhaliwal, 40 and from Grangewood, was driving on Reading Road on January 31 last year. 

A test found that he had traces of Benzoyglyconine, a form of cocaine, in his bloodstream. 

He was also found guilty of driving while disqualified and without third party insurance
in place.

Dhaliwal pleaded guilty when he appeared before East Berkshire Magistrates Court in Slough on September 25 last year; he was sentenced on March 5.

In addition to the jail sentence, Dhawliwal was banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £85 costs and £95 to victim services.

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