On 13 May 2013, two defendants 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 Holders, Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo.
The defendants; Naeemulla Rajabali of Station Road, Forest Gate,London, E7 and Ahmed Zubair Azizullah of Norfolk Road, Ilford, Essex pleaded guilty to six (6) offences each.
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 12noon.
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 subjects resulted in identification of the men and their home addresses. Criminal summons were applied for and served on 30 March 2013, by TM Eye detectives after a further days illegal trading in fake goods at Wembley market.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This is another criminal conviction for a gang engaged in selling fake Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo goods. Those who continue to sell counterfeits that impact on our clients brands will be brought to justice in the criminal courts.”