A Trealaw man who had counterfeit goods he intended to sell on to his friends and families has been convicted of Trades Marks offences and ordered to complete Community Service.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Trading Standards Officers, who led the prosecution against Jonathan Lee Evans, 40, of Rhys Street, found counterfeit clothing, watches and headphones in the address when they searched it in November 2013.
Included in the items seized were Adidas, Ralph Lauren and Superdry padded jackets, as well as Ugg boots, Nike trainers, Ice Watch, Dr Dre Beats headphones and a Hollister T-Shirt.
All of the items seized by Council officers were sent off for independent testing and many were confirmed as counterfeit, leading to Evans being charged with eight specimen offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.
Evans admitted the charges at the earliest-possible opportunity and the case was heard at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court this month.
The court heard how the items and a laptop computer were seized during the execution of a warrant at Evans’ home.
In his defence, Evams told the court he was a family man who had purchased the items at a market in the Bristol area, on behalf of his family and friends. He said he had been told by the market trader the items were seconds and this is why he thought he had secured them at bargain rates.
He told the court he had made little profit from the sale of the items and asked for consideration to be given to his early plea and full cooperation with the investigation.
The bench commented that they viewed the offences as serious and were not prepared to sentence without the preparation of an immediate report by probation. After considering the contents of the probation report, the bench sentenced Evans to a 12 month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work, £800 towards costs and a Victim surcharge of £60. The total sum of £860 is to be paid at the rate of £30 a week.
Forfeiture and Destruction was ordered in relation to all seized counterfeit items and the laptop computer. The two mobile phones had previously been returned to Evans.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “This case shows once again how peoples’ naivety can get them in to trouble and how aware people have to be about what they are buying and selling – to their relatives, via businesses or via online auctions.
“The bottom line is, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. As Mr Evans found out, what seemed to be a good deal was actually a rip-off and the chance to purchase designer goods at knock-off prices ended up with him being in trouble with the law.
“Trading Standards Officers continue to work proactively to ensure counterfeit goods such as these, and the offenders behind their supply and sale, are dealt with. People have a right to be confident that they are getting what they pay for and our work will always uphold and protect that right.
“We also have a duty of care to the many shops and businesses that work hard to operate legally and only offer the best-quality of items to their customers."