On Monday 22 April 2013, Harinder SINGH from Southall appeared at Watford Magistrates Court charged with Trademark Offences. The case is being brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of clients Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo. There is no cost to the clients.
The Defendant pleaded guilty to five Trademark offences. These charges relate to the selling of fake leather goods that were subject to a number of covert test purchases by TM Eye detectives at Wembley and Bovingdon Markets, over several months.
Surveillance had identified the storage facilities used by SINGH at Shurgard, Ealing. These were raided by Ealing Trading Standards with the assistance of the police and TM Eye detectives on 9 March 2013. This led to the seizure of several million pounds worth of fake goods. Further offences relating to this recovery are now being considered by Trading Standards officers as a result. TM Eye served their criminal summons on SINGH during this raid.
During the case it became apparent that SINGH was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on 24 November 2011 to an 11 month custodial sentence suspended for a period of 24 months.
A prohibition order was also attached which prohibited the Defendant from selling any clothing, fashion or accessories for a period of five years.
SINGH is therefore in breach of both the suspended sentence and prohibition order by virtue of committing the current offences.
The Defendant also then admitted his breach of the suspended sentence and the prohibition order in Court.
The Court ordered that everything should be returned to Cambridge Crown Court for determination of these new offences brought by TM Eye and also for determination of what happens with the old offences.
The Defendant was granted unconditional bail.
The matter is next listed at Cambridge Crown Court on 20 May 2013 at 9:30am.