A MAN who was selling counterfeit Nike runners and Ugg boots in a furniture shop in Newtownbutler has been given a suspended sentence.
Martin Patrick Maughan (41) of Main Street, Lisnaskea appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday charged with three counts of possessing items which breached registered trademark.
On November 18th 2015, police carried out a search of a furniture shop in Newtownbutler after a warrant was issued.
A number of counterfeit items were seized during the search including eight pairs of Ugg Boots, two items by Polo by Ralph Lauren, three pairs of Nike trainers and five pairs of Michael Kors shoes.
The court heard there was a list of items which were counterfeit and Maughan said he had purchased the items in Dublin for a good price.
Defence solicitor Myles McManus said the police searched the property on a warrant and the items were seized for inspection and they found to breech trademark.
Mr McManus explained that Maughan had endeavoured to set up a furniture business but it was not profitable and he had since closed the shop.
The court heard that Maughan was a father of two, and had literacy difficulties.
Mr McManus said Maughan had entered guilty pleas to the offences, and he currently had no source of income as he was having difficulty with his benefits.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said these are serious offences, and sentenced Maughan to two months in prison.
Acknowledging Maughan’s guilty plea and relatively clear record, Judge Ranaghan suspended the sentence for 18 months.
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Posted: 4:13 pm September 27, 2019