THE following cases were heard at Reading Magistrates’ Court:

February 22:
Halim Hysa, of Lima Court, Reading was told to pay £150 in compensation after assaulting a man in Reading in November 2019. The 43-year-old was also told to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £32.
Stephen Guiblin, 54, of Staverton Road, Reading, was committed to prison for six weeks suspended for 12 months after being convicted on three counts of breaching a community order. 

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February 23:
Scott Belcher, of Elm Park Road, Reading, was sent to prison for six weeks after breaching a restraining order in February 2021. The 47-year-old was also made to pay a victim surcharge of £128. 
Yasmin Durrant, of Bodin Gardens, Newbury, was fined £120 for stealing food and household items worth £308.98 from Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s in Newbury in August and October 2019. The 30-year-old was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £32. 
Jermaine Walker, of Callington Road, Reading, was made to pay compensation of £110 after stealing six boxes of chocolates worth £165 in December 2020. The 36-year-old, who took the items from a BP garage on London Road in Wokingham, was also fined £120 for failing to surrender to custody in January 2021. In addition to these charges, he was made to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £85. 
Richard McGuinness, of Kentwood Hill, Reading, was made to pay a victim surcharge of £22 after stealing alcohol worth £10. The 47-year-old took the alcohol from a Co-op store in Reading in January 2021. 
Dale Nisbet, of Little Croft Road, Goring, Reading, was fined £600 after he admitted to assaulting two men in Reading in August 2020. The 37-year-old will also have to pay compensation of £200, a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £85. 

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February 24:
Jesse Elendeu, of Curzon Street, Reading, was made to pay a victim surcharge of £22 and costs of £85 after stealing an iPhone from a man. The 20-year-old, who was conditionally discharged, took the phone in Reading in June 2020.
Michael Iles, of Blossom Avenue, Theale, was fined £120 after driving without a licence and without insurance in Reading in December 2020. The 52-year-old was also told to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and costs of £85, as well as being handed six points on his driving record. 

February 25:
Samm Milligan, of Hollybush Lane, Burghfield Common, Reading, was fined £415 for drink driving. The 24-year-old was caught with 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mg per 100 ml of breath. Milligan, who was caught above the limit in Reading in April 2020, was also told to pay £400 in costs and a £42 victim surcharge. The Reading man was also banned from driving for 12 months. 

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February 26:
Martin Sama, of Faringdon Walk, Reading, was handed a community order after being caught in possession of ‘spice’, a class B drug. The 33-year, who was caught with the drug in Bicester in May 2020, was told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £95. 
Michael Brackstone, of Newcastle Road, Reading, was handed a community order after admitting to assault, racially aggravated assault, using threatening behaviour to cause fear, and failing to surrender to custody. The 61-year-old, who assaulted a man in July 2020, was told to undertake alcohol rehabilitation activities and pay £350 in compensation. 

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