Mussie MEBERAHTU appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 18th May 2018, charged with six offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to 8 Weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months, and a 12 Month Community Order to include 80 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay a £115 Victim Surcharge. The court ordered a Forfeiture and Destruction order for all goods seized.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Mulberry and another well known luxury brand.
The prosecution followed a 3 month covert operation by TM Eye detectives as part of Operation Mordor Phase 3. MEBERATHU operated from a ground floor and basement premises in Harris Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8EG. He sold a wide variety of fake goods. The premises were protected by three steel doors in an alley covered in barbed wire and a further steel shutter door operated by a guard at its front.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”TM Eye has now convicted more than fifty criminals operating in and around the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. Each one was a principal and actively involved in the sale of fake goods. This is organised crime on a vast scale and involves Human Trafficking and Human Slavery offences. The counterfeit trade funds crime and terrorism.
TM Eye are working at The Coal Face’ tackling criminality and securing real outcomes for the criminals involved.
TM Eye works closely with its partners at Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council to put in place measures to prevent further offending. This has included Closure Orders for criminal premises on the back of TM Eye’s convictions.”
All those convicted by TM Eye have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken and recorded on the Police National Computer and police databases.
TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 450 criminal cases brought as a private prosecutor. 13% of those received custodial sentences.