The following cases were heard at Reading and Slough Magistrates’ Courts: 

May 30

SHAUN PROUDFOOT, 42, of Windsor Road, Windsor, admitted failing to comply with the requirements of a community order by failing to attend supervision appointments in January and March 2022. Fined £120 and made to pay costs of £75. 

May 31

SUNITA RAM, 41, of Sussex Place, Slough, admitted threatening a woman in Windsor and possession of cannabis in Maidenhead on June 15, 2021. Community order made. Requirement to take part in up to 35 days of rehabilitation activities. Must pay £180 in court fees. 

June 1

MICHAEL SHANMUGARAJAH, 28, of Torridge Road, convicted of assault by beating and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker in Slough on February 11, 2020 and failing to surrender at Reading Magistrates’ Court on September 23, 2021. Committed to prison for seven weeks due to the severity of the offence. Ordered to pay costs of £200 and compensation of £55.

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