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Newbury, Berkshire: Robert Black

#TheList Robert A Black, born 29/08/1968, of 7 Parsons Close, Newbury RG14 5LU – captured on CCTV punching his dog repeatedly

Dog abuser Robert Black of Newbury  was caught on camera punching his pet dog repeatedly in the face

Career criminal Robert Black, who has multiple previous convictions for shoplifting, was found guilty of one count of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal after CCTV caught him punching his dog five times.

In the video Black can be seen viciously attacking the animal in Victoria Park in Newbury.

After he struck the dog five times in the face, he put the dog on a lead and walked off through the park.

Police were called and arrested Black.

They also took both his dogs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Both have since been rehomed. The animal he punched was not injured in the attack.

Investigating officer, PC David Burleigh said: “Black demonstrated significant cruelty to his dog by punching it several times in the face, with no concern for its welfare.

“This behaviour is clearly totally unacceptable for a pet owner and I am pleased that not only has he received a prison sentence for his actions, but that he has been banned from owning animals for the next 10 years.

“We take reports such as these seriously and will look to investigate and take action against anyone who carries out this type of offence.”

Sentencing: jailed for 22 weeks; ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from owning animals for 10 years.

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Update 21/12/2019: KentLive reports that Black’s custodial sentence has been reduced to just 17 weeks following an appeal.

Black’s lawyer, Steve Molloy of Charles Hoile Solicitors in Newbury argued that his client’s behaviour “was his rather clumsy attempt to separate [the dogs] adding that: “There’s no suggestion the dogs were undernourished or routinely ill-treated. This was, in my submission, a one-off incident. It’s not in the league of dogfighting or dog baiting.”

He suggested the district judge who sentenced Black had erred in law by categorising the offence as “higher culpability”.

Molloy conceded that his client had been subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time, but said this was for a totally unrelated offence.

He concluded: “Mr Black has now served a custodial sentence of some weeks and, in my respectful submission, the proper sentence would be one of time served.”

That would have allowed Black to walk free and spend Christmas with his partner, who accompanied him to court.

But Judge Richard Wheeler pointed to Black’s 288 previous convictions for offences including battery, burglary, theft and being drunk and disorderly.

He said Black’s actions had breached the terms of a suspended prison sentence order.

Judge Wheeler added: “I’m perfectly satisfied it was correct in law to activate the five-week suspended sentence and to add a consecutive sentence for the current offence.”

He told Black: “You committed this offence less than a month after the suspended sentence and you have a lengthy and extremely depressing record.

“But I’m persuaded to allow the appeal to this extent: while the five blows can be characterised as a deliberate and gratuitous attempt to cause harm to the dog, it was lesser harm, not greater harm. There was no prolonged suffering.”

The judge ruled that 12 weeks’ imprisonment, rather than 18, should have been added consecutively to the five-week suspended sentence, reducing the total to 17 weeks rather than 22.

Colnbrook, Slough: Jason, Cherylea and Albert Coates

#TheList husband and wife Jason Coates, born c. 1975, and Cherylea Coates born c. 1979, and their nephew Albert ‘Alby’ Coates, born 11/09/1988, all of 72 Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook, Slough SL3 0LR

Settled travellers Albert Coates (pictured) together with his aunt Cherylea Coates and uncle Jason Coates kept dogs and puppies outside in miserable conditions and without access to food or water
Settled travellers Albert Coates (pictured) together with his aunt Cherylea Coates and uncle Jason Coates kept dogs and puppies outside in miserable conditions and without access to food or water

The Coates family, who are from the settled travelling community and run a skip-hire business, kept five dogs and two puppies in unsuitable conditions. The trio were prosecuted following a warrant executed at their home by Slough Borough Council’s resilience and enforcement team.

Neighbours had raised the alarm after hearing continuous barking and noticing the dogs were never taken out for exercise.

Settled travellers Albert Coates (pictured) together with his aunt Cherylea Coates and uncle Jason Coates kept dogs and puppies outside in miserable conditions and without access to food or water
Mother-of-five Cherylea Coates is disqualified from keeping animals for two years along with husband Jason Coates and nephew Albert Coates

Officers visited the family’s home in Moreland Avenue in December 2018 and found a shed in the front garden and two cages in the back garden.

One cage was home to two Jack Russell puppies and their mother who belonged to 30-year-old Albert Coates.

Settled travellers Albert Coates (pictured) together with his aunt Cherylea Coates and uncle Jason Coates kept dogs and puppies outside in miserable conditions and without access to food or water
Convicted dog abuser Albert Coates is now banned from keeping animals for at least two years

It was believed three puppies had already died and the surviving young dogs had to make do with unsuitable bedding and a lack of blankets in wintry conditions.

Their food and water was also found to be contaminated.

A Jack Russell cross Chihuahua, a Chihuahua and two Cocker Spaniels belonging to Jason and Cherylea Coates were also discovered.

Dog abuser/backyard breeder Jason Coates
Jason Coates

The couple, aged 44 and 40, contested surrendering the animals and a court order had to be obtained while their nephew voluntarily surrendered his dogs to the care of the council.

All the dogs have since been rehomed and nursed back to health.

The trio appeared for sentencing at Reading Magistrates Court on Friday, August 9, 2019, after each admitted a charge of neglect under Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Albert Coates admitted an additional charge of causing unnecessary suffering under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

All offences took place on December 18, 2018.

Sentencing: all were ordered to pay a total of £400 in fines, costs and charges and were disqualified from owning or keeping an animal for a minimum of two years.

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Britwell, Slough: Adam Lines

#TheList Adam Warren Lines, born c. 1989, of Hetherington Close, Britwell, Slough failed to provide adequate food, water and shelter for two dogs and a six-week-old puppy

Dogs neglected by Adam Lines of Slough, Berkshire, UK

Slough Borough Council’s resilience and enforcement team were contacted in January 2019 after reports of dogs constantly barking and in distress.

When officers arrived at Hetherington Close, Britwell, they found the mother, a black Patterdale terrier, and her black puppy in a garden.

There was little access to food and water and no adequate shelter for the animals.

A warrant was obtained and when officers arrived they found a third dog, a brown springer spaniel, who was also being neglected.

All the dogs were taken away from the property and assessed by vet who found they had been suffering and a decision was made to prosecute.

Lines admitted failing to provide for all three dogs “a suitable environment… adequate food and drinking water and failing to protect them from injury and disease.”

He also admitted failing to get medical attention for the puppy, in relation to her poor condition and bloated abdomen, and the black Patterdale terrier, who had suffered fur loss and itchy skin, as well as failing to ensure she was well nourished.

All three dogs were surrendered and were quickly rehomed and nursed back to health.

Sentencing: 12-month community order of 80 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £700 towards the council’s costs. Disqualified from owning any animal for a minimum of five years.

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Britwell, Slough: Emma-Louise Welland

#TheList Emma Welland, born c. 1971, of 19 Wavell Gardens, Slough SL2 2EJ – lied that she had found a badly neglected dog dumped in woodland, but in reality the pet was hers

Callous Emma Welland and the poorly dog she claimed to have rescued when in reality Rasher was her own neglected pet
Callous Emma Welland and the poorly dog she claimed to have rescued when in reality Rasher was her own neglected pet

Welland claimed to have found the abandoned animal in Britwell’s Bluebell Woods on June 12, 2018, when she called to tell Slough Borough Council’s neighbourhood enforcement team she had taken him home to care for him.

The elderly dog, called Rasher, had been severely neglected over a significant period. He was seriously malnourished and could barely walk. He was rushed to an emergency vet but nothing could be done for him and he was put down a week later.

The vet found Rasher was suffering serious muscle wastage, malnutrition, dangerous weight loss and a nasty skin condition.

Elderly Staffy Rasher was badly neglected by his owner Emma Welland from Slough, Berkshire
Elderly Staffy Rasher had to be put to sleep due to his poor condition

An appeal was launched to find the callous owner and several people identified Welland as the person actually responsible for Rasher.

Welland admitted a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Ian Blake, the council’s neighbourhood manager, said: “This was a very difficult case due to the original reports from Emma Welland frustrating the investigation.

“She claimed to have found Rasher when she was actually the dog’s owner and person responsible for his terrible condition.

“She had fabricated the entire story of the abandoned dog in the wood and tried to pass her responsibility as an owner over to Slough Borough Council.

“Extensive efforts were made by vets and the kennels to support and rehabilitate Rasher however, he had deteriorated to such a poor state there was little more that could be done.

“Everyone involved in this case found it difficult to come to terms with what happened to Rasher. The actual facts of the matter would never have come to light if people had not come forward with information during the council’s publicity campaign and I would like to thank those who did.”

Councillor Pavitar K Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Emma Welland was identified after Slough Borough Council launched a search to find Rasher’s owner when we thought he had been abandoned.

“To find out his owner was the woman who tried to claim to be the hero in this scenario was just so sad.

“As the council we will always endeavour to gather as much information as possible which could lead to prosecution through the justice system.”

Sentencing: 40 hours of unpaid work; 12-month community order; 15 days of a rehabilitation activity; costs and charges totalling £145. Banned from owning or keeping any animal for five years.

Slough Observer

Chesterton, Cambridge and Slough, Berkshire: James Crickmore, John Jefford, Denny Loveridge and Mark Loveridge

#TheList serial hare coursers James Crickmore, John Jefford, Denny Loveridge and Mark Loveridge all of Cambridge – all are now bound by a 3-year court injunction not to enter Cambridgeshire during the hare coursing season

Cambridge hare coursers

Mark Loveridge, 38, of Milton Place, Horton, Slough, was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.

Gypsy traveller and hare courser Mark Loveridge from Slough has a taste for animal cruelty
Gypsy traveller and hare courser Mark Loveridge from Slough has a taste for animal cruelty

John Jefford, 42, of 125/127 Scotland Road, Cambridge CB4 1QL was suspected of 13 hare coursing incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.

Denny Loveridge, 38, of Mill Place Caravan Park, Datchet, Slough was suspected of 17 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle during hare coursing season.

Hare courser Denny Loveridge, another gypsy traveller from Slough
Hare courser Denny Loveridge, another gypsy traveller from Slough

James Crickmore, 38, of 2 Sunningdale, Fen Road, Cambridge CB4 1UN was suspected of 26 incidents. He must not own a sighthound or be in the company of another person with one.

Serial hare courser James Crickmore of Sunningdale, Fen Rd, Cambridge CB4
Serial hare courser James Crickmore of Sunningdale, Fen Rd, Cambridge CB4

All four are bound by an injunction handed down by a county court judge in a successful case brought by Cambridgeshire police.

The injunctions will mean the men cannot enter any farm land in Cambridgeshire during the months of the hare coursing season (31 July to 31 March) for the next three years.

The men were caught by police using a new database designed to track and convict suspected hare coursers.

A police spokesman said: “The judge was satisfied that he had heard evidence showing the men had been involved in hare coursing over a two year period and therefore handed the men injunctions.”

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PC Gareth Tanner said: “This is an excellent result for the rural community and one of the first of its kind. I’m confident that the conditions granted will be effective.

“This has been a considerable piece of work, both due to the complexity of the tactics used, and the amount of evidence presented at court because of the sheer persistence of these individuals.

“Hare coursing costs the farming community thousands every year in damages to crops and land, as well as the obvious cruelty issues.”

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Slough: Teresa Reynolds

#TheList backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds, aged 55, of 274 Long Furlong Drive, Slough SL2 2PR – kept dogs and cats in dirty and undersized cages.

Backyard breeder Teresa Reynolds of Slough, Berkshire
23 dogs and cats were removed from backyard breeder Reynolds’ property. Two dead puppies were found in a bin.

Reynolds was convicted of 11 offences of failing to ensure animal welfare. She  was prosecuted after a complaint regarding the breeding and selling animals was investigated by the neighbourhood services team of Slough Borough Council (SBC) in 2017.

The court heard how council and Thames Valley Police officers were overwhelmed by the smell of faeces and urine and the sheer number of animals in Reynolds two-bedroom council home.

When Reynolds was asked how many pets there were, she did not know.

Pugs, poodles, cocker spaniels, Yorkshire terriers, shih-tzus and chihuahuas were among the animals found.

SBC Neighbourhood manager Ian Blake told the court how he found 16 dogs stacked up in dirty cages that were too small for them and had no access to water. Some of the animals were caged in pairs.

More animals were found in the garden including a large poodle, who had no access to the property due to a stairgate blocking the way. The only water present for her was in a bucket which contained other items.

Four cats were discovered in a bird aviary in the garden, whose overflowing litter trays were placed next to their water bowls.

The only clean crate found with bedding, food and water inside, contained no animal.

During the trial, it was revealed that officers found two dead puppies in a wheelie bin outside the house.

Reynolds told Mr Blake that she had been unable to feed them after their mother had died.

All 23 cats and dogs were removed from the property and transported to the Summerleaze Veterinary Hospital in Maidenhead, where it was noted that several dogs were heavily soiled, two of the female cats were pregnant.

A tom cat’s fur was so heavily matted it needed to be shaved to prevent long-term suffering.

Documents seized from the home indicated that Reynolds was selling animals from her home and that more than 250 animals had been handled within the property over two years.

Receipts were found for dogs being sold for £1,200, £900 and various other amounts, as well as bank statements with transactions indicating the sale of puppies and kittens.

Complaints about Reynolds breeding and selling animals have dated back to 2010, but this was the first time there was evidence for a prosecution.

The council’s fraud team became involved, who discovered that Reynolds had failed to update the benefits team that she was receiving income from her trading.

As a result, she was additionally found guilty of two counts of fraud after falsely claiming benefits.

Having been signed over to the council, all the animals have been re-homed and are doing well.

Sentence: 12-month community order, 120 hours of unpaid work, a 15 day rehabilitation requirement, £2,000 in legal costs.  Seven-year ban on owning any animal.

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Faversham, Kent: Sara Ross

#TheList animal sanctuary owner Sara Jane Ross, born 01/02/1954, of Gardeners Cottage, Chalky Lane, Boughton-under-Blean, Faversham ME13 9SP – failed to meet the needs of horses, cats, dogs and birds in her care

Sanctuary founder Sara Ross from  Faversham, Kent,  mistreated animals

Ross founded the Animal Sanctuary UK, based in Lake End Road, Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, which was raided by the RSPCA on May 31, 2017.

The sanctuary had fallen into a state of disrepair with dilapidated, vermin-infested sheds housing animals, abandoned industrial machinery lying around and piles of litter and manure in animal enclosures.

RSPCA experts had reported horses lying or standing in their own urine or faeces on boggy paddocks that did not have enough grass. They criticised a lack of food and the presence of flies and vermin – with rats running in and out of the animals’ cages.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary
Appalling conditions on Sara Ross’s animal sanctuary

Seven cats and eight dogs were confined together inside a single caravan.

Vast swathes of litter were also found where the animals slept, as well as dead rats and mice strewn about. Inspectors found three adult cats confined to a cage only big enough for a kitten.

Other livestock were kept in cramped conditions while some stood as high as 6ft off the ground on rotting hay. They were suffering numerous diseases and many were kept in tiny cages which were unfit for purpose.

The judge saw further clips of the video which showed birds kept in tiny cages with small rings attached to their legs cutting into the flesh. Included also was a turkey kept in a tiny living space fit only for small birds.

Hazel Stevens, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said that the appalling conditions were found after whistleblowers reported the cruelty, abuse and lack of care.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary

The prosecutor said: ‘Statements from various volunteers suggest the abuse had been ongoing for some time and this abuse took place in a commercial context.

‘Volunteers were allowed to manage and run the farm who had insufficient experience or training to be running such a farm.’

‘The RSPCA had in fact discovered that she (Ross) had hidden many of the animals off-site. Many of those animals have not since re-appeared and could not be found in a second RSPCA check.’

Ross first set up the now-disbanded Horse Refuge in 1994 before opening The Animal Sanctuary UK in June 2012.

Appalling conditions on Sara Ross's animal sanctuary

She pleaded guilty to six charges of failing to meet the needs of the animals and birds in her care.

District judge Sophie Toms told her: “Something went very badly wrong. I accept you had no intention of mistreating any animals.

“In your mind you were doing your best but your best was not good enough.”

Nigel Weller, representing Ross, said she had been the victim of a hate campaign.

He said: “Some of them are in court. They have ‘trolled’ my client over the internet running down everything she does.

“They bombarded Windsor and Maidenhead Council with thousands of complaints.”

The council subsequently withdrew from a deal to help her move to a better site in Bell Lane, Eton Wick.

Mr Weller said Ross had suffered a serious accident four months before the raid when a horse had trampled her, injuring her foot so badly that she needed four operations and had been unable to attend to the sanctuary as she would have liked to.

He said: “She has been devoted to her sanctuary since 2012. She sold her house in 2005 to devote her assets and money to looking after animals. For 38 years she has been involved in sanctuary work.”

Judge Toms said that the problems on the site clearly dated back to before Ross’ accident.

Ross’s co-defendant Hayley Poturici, born July 1992, of Frensham Walk, Farnham Common, who worked at the sanctuary, faced no further action after she accepted an official RSPCA caution.

Sentencing: ordered to do 135 hours of unpaid work and pay £750 costs. Disqualified from keeping animals for five years (later reduced to 12 months on appeal. Deprivation order issued preventing Ross’s dogs being returned to her.

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Bracknell, Berkshire: Joe Mathew Easter

#TheList Joe Mathew Easter, born 07/06/1990, of 71 Lochinver, Bracknell RG12 7LD – launched a defenceless  12wo Labrador puppy into a wall in a fit of rage before strangling him.

Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter, a serving soldier from Bracknell, subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries
Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries

Easter was seen by terrified neighbours carrying out the sickening attack on puppy Charlie near his home in Lochinver, Bracknell.

RSPCA inspectors arrived at his address to question him and found the wounded pet was struggling to breath as a result of the beating.

X-rays revealed Charlie had broken at least six ribs, had bloodshot eyes and a swollen face.

Serving soldier Easter pleaded guilty to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to Charlie, by inflicting physical abuse and blunt force trauma, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.

Violent thug Joe Mathew Easter, a serving soldier from Bracknell, subjected 12wo Charlie to a brutal attack causing him to suffer six broken ribs and other injuries

RSPCA investigation Sharon Chrisp said: “We were contacted late at night on 26 August [2017] by an anonymous source who claimed Easter had been seen slamming his puppy against a wall in the communal area of the block of flats he lived in.

“When my colleague attended the address and asked to see the dog she was concerned for him as he appeared to be struggling to breathe and took him straight to a vet.

“Easter claimed Charlie had got caught in the door accidentally but later admitted, in interview, that he had lost his temper and there had been an incident, although he refused to go into detail.

“However, we were able to get further evidence from a witness who said they saw him slamming Charlie against a wall three times. They were terrified and wanted to say something but were scared for their own safety.”

Charlie, who was just 12 weeks old when he was seized by police, was taken into foster care before finding a permanent and loving home.

Speaking after Easter’s sentencing, Charlie’s fosterer Amanda Ward said: “Charlie has been a joy to foster, he has truly adapted to living with a family and is the most entertaining, fun, loving dog you’ll meet.

“He is a very intelligent dog who has learnt many commands whilst in my care; including ‘Sit’, ‘Down’, ‘Stay’, ‘Roll-over’, ‘Paw’ and ‘Spin’.

“Charlie enjoys playing with other dogs and finds them huge fun, he loves to play football with them and race around now he is fully healed.

“Charlie is now fully socialised with young children, dogs, cats and horses and behaves impeccably around them. He loves to cuddle up with my eight-year-old son after they’ve finished playing in the garden together.”

Two-year community order; fined £2,692 plus costs and charges of £470. Disqualified from keeping pets for 10 years.

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Horton, Slough: Clint Rimanoczy

#TheList Clint Rimanoczy, born c. 1989, of Milton Close, Horton, Slough SL3 9PP – cut off the ears and tails of two puppies

Clint Rimanoczy (misspelt as Rimanaczy in linked article) was sentenced at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Friday, December 8, 2017, for carrying out a prohibited procedure on an animal.

The charge relates to an incident on November 23, 2016, involving the cutting off of the ears and tails of two cane corso puppies.

Rimanoczy also admitted to a separate charge of removing whole/part of a dog’s tail and a third charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal by failing to seek veterinary assistance.

18 weeks in jail.  Costs/charges of £7,056.28. Banned from keeping animals for 20 years. His dog and her two puppies were taken away from him.

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Reading, Berkshire: Martin Sama

#TheList career criminal Martin A Sama, born 1987, of Faringdon Walk, Reading RG30 3LD – attacked a police dog during a pursuit

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
Persistent criminal Martin Sama attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit. Fortunately Caesar recovered from his injuries and is back on duty while Sama was sent to jail.

Sama, who is originally from Sierra Leone, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, assaulting a constable, possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, possessing cannabis, driving dangerously and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

The court heard that PD Caesar, a Dutch Shepherd, pursued Sama, who then attacked the dog and bit his handler.

It came after police constable Christopher Bushnell spotted a shredded back tyre on a Lexus, being driven by the persistent offender.

The officer pursued Sama, who drove through two red lights and swerved across multiple lanes.

The court heard how Sama then jumped out of the out of the moving car and sprinted down an alley. This prompted the policeman to release Caeser.

Giving evidence, PC Bushnell said: “Caesar chased the male down the alley way and I followed.

“I heard the male scream. Caesar had bit him in the buttock. The man was lashing out and swinging Caesar’s body. The man was striking the dog.

“Caesar released his grip and dropped off.”

Aware that Caesar, who had been working with him for nearly four years, could be in trouble, PC Bushnell called for backup and swung a punch at Sama.

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
2010 police mugshot of Sama

Sama bit the policeman’s fingers whilst he was being restrained, the court heard.

When more officers arrived minutes later they found Sama to be in possession of a small amount of cannabis and a 20-inch machete.

Limping Caesar was taken to a vets the following day and had to take four days off the beat.

Persistent criminal Martin Sama from Reading, UK, attacked PD Caesar during a pursuit.
Sama pictured outside court

Despite admitting he was driving the car, Sama denied the drugs were his.

“That cannabis was found in a cigarette packet on the alley floor,” he told District Judge Susan Cooper.

“It had nothing to do with me.”

He also claimed the machete was brought into the car by a mystery man he was giving a lift to and whose name he did not know, and that he did not hit the dog or bite PC Bushnell.

He continued: “I did not strike the dog at all. I wouldn’t do that to a dog.

“I also didn’t bite the officers finger’s. I was beaten so badly I even lost my shoes.”

However Judge Cooper was not convinced by Sama, who has previous dangerous driving and drug convictions.

The judge added: “It seems ludicrous to suggest the cigarette packet wasn’t on you.

“Two officers could see it was. I also believe you were travelling at speed.

“You have come to court today and told many lies.”

Sentencing: 27 months in jail.

Reading Chronicle