This case was heard today at St Albans Magistrates’ Court. The defendants, Naeemulla Rajabali, born 1984, of Station Road, Forest Gate and Ahmed Zubair Azizullah, born 1983, from Norfolk Road, Ilford had previously pleaded guilty to all 6 Trademark Act offences against each of them.
The case was brought by TM Eye by way of a private criminal prosecution at no cost, on behalf of clients Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.
The men were sentenced as follows:
Charge 1 – fined £150 each
Charge 2 – no separate penalty
Charge 3 – fined £150 each
Charge 4 – no separate penalty
Charge 5 – fined £150 each
Charge 6 – no separate penalty
Victim Surcharge of £20 each.
Each defendant was effectively fined £450.00 each. This was a first offence for both who now have criminal convictions.
The defendants sold fake luxury leather goods, including bags, purses and belts at Wembley and Bovingdon markets. A pro-active operation was mounted to tackle their offending and evidence gathered over several months by way of evidenced covert test purchases. Summons were issued and served by TM Eye detectives on both men.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Those who continue to engage in the sale of fake goods that impact on our clients Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo will be identified, evidence gathered and they will be prosecuted in the criminal courts.
We have seen dramatic reductions in offending as a result of our private criminal prosecutions and we will continue to prosecute until offending against our clients brands stops.
The sale of fake goods not only damages the companies involved but has a dramatic impact on the UK economy and involves child labour and organised crime. It supports terrorism and other serious crime. The loss to the UK treasury from these unauthorised and illegal traders who pay no tax, VAT and are often on benefits is again damaging. TM eye will continue to ‘catch and convict’ those involved.”