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Reading Magistrates' Court: Burghfield Common mum sentenced for child's Willink School truancy



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A MOTHER who admitted continuing to fail to ensure her child’s regular attendance at school, despite a previous conviction, has been sentenced.

At a previous hearing at Reading Magistrates’ Court, Samantha Holmes admitted knowing her child was not attending The Willink School, Burghfield Common, regularly and failing, without reasonable justification, to cause her to do so between Monday, March 8, and Tuesday, July 20.

Thirty-three-year-old Ms Holmes, of Three Firs Way, Burghfield Common, further admitted that her latest conviction meant she was in breach of a conditional discharge imposed by the same court last November for two similar offences.

Court (54022366)
Court (54022366)

Magistrates ordered pre-sentence reports to be prepared and Ms Holmes was meanwhile granted unconditional bail.

At a sentencing hearing on Friday, December 17, the court made her subject to a community order lasting until June 2022.

In addition, they required Ms Holmes to participate in rehabilitation activities for up to 10 days.

Magistrates also fined her £60 for breaching the conditional discharge. Finally, Ms Holmes was required to pay £100 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £95.



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