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The defendant YANG HAN was today sentenced at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court for Trademark offences. The defendant had previously entered pleas of guilty to nine offences. The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution at no cost for clients Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.

 

The matter was heard before a District Judge

 

The Judge ordered:

– the Defendant be sentenced to a conditional discharge for 18 months; and

– the Defendant pay a victim surcharge of £15.

 

The Judge warned the defendant if she offended again during the 18 month period then it will be treated seriously, likely involving a prison sentence.

 

The private prosecution case was brought by TM Eye as the result of a 5 month pro-active investigation. The charges related to covertly recorded test purchases by TM Eye detectives. The defendant operated at Camden Stables Market selling fake handbags and leather goods from a large number of rights holders on a daily basis.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “This was another excellent result for TM Eye and our clients Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo. We have secured evidence and convicted another prolific seller of counterfeit goods at Camden Market, preventing any further damage to the brands involved. The case was brought by TM Eye and our lawyers at no cost to the clients. Camden Market is visited by thousands of tourists daily and this criminality seriously damages the luxury brands involved. We will continue to target those engaged in selling fake goods that impact on our clients IP rights”.

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On 13 May 2013, Tony SINGH appeared at Watford Magistrates’ Court for Trademark Offences, the result of a private criminal prosecution brought by TM Eye, at no cost, on behalf of its Rights Holder, Armani.

 

The defendant Tony SINGH of Ranelagh Road, Stratford, London pleaded guilty to seven (7) offences.

 

The Bench ordered that a full, all options, pre-sentence report should be prepared by the probation service.

 

The matter was adjourned for sentencing to St Albans Magistrates’ Court on 11 June 2013 at 11 am.

 

The convictions are the result of a pro-active covert operation by TM Eye detectives carried out at Wembley and Bovingdon markets over a substantial period of time. Evidence was gathered by way of covert test purchases. This evidence formed the basis for the charges.

 

Surveillance on the subject resulted in identification of SINGH and his home address. Criminal summons were applied for and served on 15 February 2013, by TM Eye detectives.

 

A raid at the home address on 15 February 2013, by Trading Standards officers and local police led to the recovery of a substantial amount of fake goods. This is now the subject of further investigation by Newham Trading Standards.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”I would like to thank Newham Trading Standards and Newham police for their support in this case. This is another example of how private industry can work in partnership with law enforcement to tackle organised crime. The team at TM Eye worked closely with Newham Council and their Director of Community Safety Nick Bracken to secure this success”.