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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.”

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Private Criminal Prosecutions

 

A Newham man, Satwinder SINGH, was today sentenced at St Albans Magistrates’ Court having pleaded guilty to a number of Trademark offences. The Defendant had previously entered pleas of guilty to all 7 charges. The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of ARMANI. He was sentenced as follows:

 

Charge 1 – fined £200.

Charge 2 – no separate penalty.

Charge 3 – no separate penalty.

Charge 4 – fined £200.

Charge 5 – no separate penalty.

Charge 6 – fined £200.

Charge 7 – no separate penalty

Victim Surcharge of £20.

The Court has effectively applied one penalty per date for each of the dates upon which offences were committed and reached a total fine of £620.00.

 

The conviction was the result of a 3-month pro-active operation by TM Eye detectives on behalf of ARMANI working closely with Rapisardi Intellectual Property.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This is another excellent result for both TM Eye and its client ARMANI. Those who engage in the sale of fake ARMANI goods will be identified and brought to justice in the criminal courts. The case was a brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution at no cost to our client. Another criminal engaged in the sale of counterfeit goods has been convicted. This sends a clear message out to those engaged in this criminality that our rights holders will not accept offending against their brands. TM Eye will continue to tackle IP crime ‘head on’. I would like to thank Newham Trading Standards and police for their support in this action.”