Clothing fakes couple in court

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A COUPLE made and sold pirate tee-shirts and hoodies with fake logos on including those of Superman, The Beatles and Red Bull.

Andrew Cahill printed the garments and partner Leanne Bingham sold them via the internet a court was told.

Cahill, 28, of Sutherland Road, North Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to five offences of making goods with counterfeit trademarks.

Bingham, 30, of the same address, admitted four offences of offering goods for sale with counterfeit trademarks.

Cahill was sentenced to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community and Bingham was put on a 12-week curfew from 8pm to 6am.

Blackpool magistrates also ordered £4,780 the couple had in a PayPal account should go to Blackpool Council which brought the prosecution, and that all the printing equipment and forged garments should be forfeited.

Sharon Davies, prosecuting for Blackpool Council, said trading standards officers received a tip-off that the couple were selling counterfeit clothing on e-Bay last November.

Officers made a test purchase of a hoodie top. It was counterfeit. The couple’s gross sales on PayPal amounted to £17,720.

Trading standards officers seized printing and computer equipment plus dozens of fake garments from Cahill’s market stall, known as Andy’s DVDs, and the couple’s home.

Cahill had two previous cautions, including one for manufacturing counterfeit clothing.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said the couple, who had been together for three-and-a-half years, had debts and 18 months ago Cahill had been made bankrupt.