A man has been given a three month suspended jail sentence for selling counterfeit goods from a shop in Huyton.
James Olivier traded as Royal Discount from premises on Sherbourne Square, selling goods including household items, clothing and children’s toys.
Trading Standards officers from Knowsley Council seized items from the premises on a number of separate occasions. The counterfeit goods taken by officers included fake Lacoste, ‘In the Night Garden’ and Nintendo products.
The 36 year old, of Huntsman Wood in West Derby, pleaded guilty to 10 offences at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court. Nine offences related to selling items bearing false trademarks and one was for failing to provide information to an officer investigating the matter.
He was today (Friday 17 May) handed a 12 week custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay £1,000 costs.
A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “This sentence should reassure shoppers in Knowsley that we will not tolerate counterfeit goods being sold in the borough.
“These items are often of extremely poor quality and are unlikely to meet the strict health and safety requirements met by genuine products.
“If our officers suspect counterfeit goods are being sold, we will seize them and carry out a thorough investigation. Where the goods are found to be counterfeit – as in this case – we will push for a prosecution.”