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Reading Magistrates’ Court: Restraining order for Newbury man who stalked Thatcham woman

A STALKER who assaulted two people has been sentenced.

In the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, May 9, was Ryan Banning.

The 25-year-old, of St George's Avenue, Newbury, admitted assaulting Claire Curry by beating her in Newbury on Friday, March 3.

Reading Magistrates Courts
Reading Magistrates Courts

He initially denied assaulting Ian Harty by beating him and using threatenning, abusive or insulting words or behaviour on the same occasion but subsequently changed his pleas to guilty on both these offences.

Mr Banning likewise denied stalking and causing Nadia Waters to fear, on at least two occasions, that violence would be used against her by turning up at her address multiple times during the day and night, before changing his mind and admitting the offence.

The behaviour continued from Saturday, March 4, to Thursday, March 9.

He maintained a not guilty plea to a charge of stalking Ms Waters between Thursday, February 26, and Wednesday, March 8, and this was dismissed after the prosection offered no evidence.

Mr Banning, who was legally represented by Martin Hennessy, was made subject to a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement of up to 20 days.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £114.

Finally, magistrates made Mr Banning subject to a 12-month restraining order forbidding him from contacting Ms Water either directly or indirectly, or from attending any place he believed her to be at.

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