Man fined for selling counterfeit goods at Grays market

tradingMAGISTRATES have convicted a man of knowingly selling counterfeit CDs at Grays market following a court case brought by Thurrock Council’s trading standards team.

Aston Tony Gumbs, 24, of Baynes Close, Enfield, had denied the offence.

On Tuesday (22 July) the court was told the defendant had twice been caught at Grays market – in August and September 2013 – and had been sent a warning letter by Tower Hamlets trading standards service a year previously for a similar offence.

Gumbs gave Thurrock officers a false name and address at the time of the seizure of the goods from his stall, but was later tracked down.

He told the court he had no idea the CDs were counterfeit or infringed copyright, despite his previous warning and the poor quality of the CDs.

The magistrates found Gumbs guilty on two counts of knowingly selling counterfeit CDs at Grays market. They said the quality of the CDs was so poor, any reasonable person would have thought they were fake and that Gumbs should have taken more care with the products when he purchased them, particularly in light of his previous warning.

They were satisfied he knew the items were not genuine.

Gumbs received a £150 fine, a 12-month community order and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and make a £400 contribution towards the council’s costs (given his means),

Magistrates also agreed a forfeiture order under section 114A of the Act for the destruction of all of the CDs seized.

Cllr Phil Smith – Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for public protection – said on Wednesday (23 July): “Once again, our trading standards team has successfully prevented local people being scammed with sub-standard and counterfeit products.

“A great result for the team and for Thurrock residents.”

He added: “This success is particularly important to me as my family was caught by somebody selling fake CDs some years ago. We learned to check and double check the hard way.”

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