A Slough man who assaulted his mother in a bid to fund his drug habit will not spend any more time behind bars.

Pritpal Virdee, of Trelawney Avenue, had already spent six months in custody for the attack on his mother in late 2020.

At a sentencing today, his honour Judge Paul Dugdale agreed a longer stint in jail was not appropriate.

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He said: “It is a sad state of affairs that we find ourselves here today but it is good news that everyone has worked together to find a way through this that protects your mother and which helps you in the future so you no longer have a problem with your drug addiction.

“This is what made you behave in the way you did towards your mum.

“You used your mum as a means to get money to buy drugs and when it got difficult, you assaulted her.”

The judge said Virdee’s mother was 84-years-old.

He continued: “She would have found this very confusing and difficult.

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“At that stage in someone’s life, they deserve to be treated properly and with respect and care.

“You behaved in such a way that it brought you to the criminal courts.

“However, you have now served six months in custody and I accept you have learned your lesson and I find I am able to protect your mother with a restraining order which I will put in place.”

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The restraining order handed to Virdee states he can only visit his mother in the presence of another family member.

Judge Dugdale added: “You are 57 now and you have made a mistake. You have done something wrong. It is dealt with and it is finished. You can move forward with your life.”

Virdee was handed a 12-month community order by the judge for his common assault conviction, in which he has a requirement to attend 10 rehabilitation activity days.

The 57-year-old was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday, September 3.

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