Seller of counterfeit clothes at Stow Fair escapes prison
A trader who sold fake designer clothing at Stow Fair has been given "a last chance".
Satpal Singh, 51, was sentenced in Gloucester Crown Court yesterday after Gloucestershire Trading Standards officers discovered about £7,000 worth of counterfeit goods – including brands such as Superdry, Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry and Ralph Lauren – in the back of a white Ford Transit van at the fair on May 10 last year.
Singh tried to put the blame on a 19-year-old, who was found with the van. The teenager, who suffers from learning disabilities, told police officers he was asked to take the blame.
Singh, of Hill Road, Rochester, Kent, finally pleaded guilty, although he insisted he did not know the goods were fake.
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The clothes would have been sold for around £29,000 if they had been original.
He was also found with £1,200 in cash. Singh was convicted on September 30 in Cheltenham Magistrates' Court, and sentenced yesterday.
Prosecutor Kate Brunner said he had been convicted of 14 different offences, which included selling and possessing counterfeit goods in 2009.
Defending, Daniel Robinson said it was "one-off" for the father of four.
He added: "When he realised he had been caught, he asked to boy to take the blame. He realises it is not something he should have done."
Recorder Richard Davison sentenced him to serve 120 hours of unpaid work, and be under supervision for 18 months.
A further date will be set for the destruction of the goods and for Singh to repay the costs.
Mr Davison said: "Selling counterfeit good undermines the reputation of the companies and puts their employees at risk of unemployment.
"You have deceived people who bought the clothes, and these offences are aggravated by you asking a young person to take the blame, and a similar offence in 2009.
"You need to understand this is the second time you have been convicted.
"If there is a third time, I can say with confidence you will be sent to prison."