Harpeet SAJDEVA of St Andrews Tower, Baird Avenue, Southall, London, UB1 appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on 29th April 2019, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a fine of £325 and required to pay a £32 statutory victims surcharge.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its well known luxury goods clients.

Sajdeva operated a large stall at Wellesbourne Market in Warwickshire from which he openly sold fake goods. TM Eye detectives from the Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by TM Eye’s surveillance team carried out a series of covertly filmed test purchases from Sajdeva on the 10th and 17th November 2018 and the 1st December 2018. This evidence formed the prosecution case leading to his prosecution and conviction.

Sajdeva had previously been prosecuted by TM Eye (Op 698/14 refers). Five (5) purchases of counterfeit products were purchased from Sajdeva at Bovingdon Market between 9th March 2013 and 16th November 2013. Sajdeva appeared at Watford Magistrates on 9th January 2014. He received a £1000.00 fine, a six month curfew and £60.00 victim surcharge.

TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said, “Unfortunately the sentence of the court does not reflect the seriousness of the offences. Sajdeva has previously been prosecuted and convicted by TM Eye in 2014 for five similar offences. Despite this he continues to re offend. Like other criminals involved in the sale of fake goods he sees the fines issued by the courts as simply a cheap form of tax. he will likely recover this fine in a matter of hours selling fake goods should he continue to re offend. This is no deterrent.

TM Eye will continue to monitor all the prolific markets involved in the open sale of counterfeit goods and should he be seen again committing offences he will again be prosecuted.”

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