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Mohammed ABDULLAH appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 30 August 2017, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit electrical and leather goods contrary to section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994. The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a 2 year Conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 towards prosecution costs.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Louis Vuitton and Apple.

 

Between 9 May 2017 and 1 June 2017, three test purchases of fake Louis Vuitton and Apple goods were made from the defendant at two stalls at 218 and 245 High Road, Camden, London. These purchases were video recorded and the defendant was identified from the relevant footage as selling counterfeit goods.

 

The defendant sold a wide variety of other fake luxury goods from brands including; Michael Kors, Gucci, Hermes and Chanel. No prosecution was brought in relation to these goods and no items were seized.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,“This is yet another conviction of a criminal operating as a trader at Camden market or nearby. Anyone who sells fake goods that impact on our clients brands will be prosecuted in the criminal courts and brought to justice.

 

TM Eye will robustly protect its clients from criminals who sell counterfeit goods.”

 

ABDULLAH will now have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken and the conviction will be recorded on the Police National Computer. Should he re offend he will again be prosecuted and risks a prison sentence.

 

 

 

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TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,” TM Eye operation PREFIX targeting those criminals operating at Camden market and High Street has led to further criminal convictions. Over forty criminals have been convicted at Camden market and the surrounding area in the past 18 months. This has had a dramatic effect on the open sale of fake goods in the area.

 

It has also led to the arrest of a man for rape and a number of persons for Immigration matters.

 

The prosecution and conviction of those criminal traders is the only real sanction against the criminal gangs. Raids and seizures without prosecution simply result in traders becoming more aware and usually the gangs commence trading again within hours or days of any raid.

 

TM Eye has convicted almost 400 criminals involved in selling counterfeit goods in the past two years and has a 100% conviction rate. All those convicted have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer and have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken.”