On 9th May 2014, a couple from Ongar in Essex attended Colchester Magistrates Court charged with offences contrary to the Trademarks Act 1994. Lionel BENHAIM and Jaqueline BENHAIM pleaded guilty to six offences in total of possessing, selling and applying Trademarks. Lionel was sentenced to a fine of £1,000.00 and Jacqueline sentenced to a fine of £200.00. Both are required to pay a victims surcharge of £25.00 each.
The case was brought by TM EYE as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client.
The case follows a pro active operation by TM EYE at Dagenham and North Weald markets in Essex. Covert test purchases were made on 1st March 2014: North Weald Market; 8th March 2014: North Weald Market; 15th March 2014: North Weald Market; 23rd March 2014: Dagenham Market; and 30th March 2014: Dagenham Market.