Was planning on selling counterfeit goods

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A WOMAN who was planning on selling fake designer goods outside the Outlet, has been fined at court.
Winifred Galbraith, from Carlingford Park in Newry, appeared in Banbridge Magistrates' Court last week.
Galbraith entered guilty pleas to four counts of trading in counterfeit products, no insurance and no vehicle test certificate.
At 7pm on 20 December 2015 police were tasked to suspicious behaviour between two vehicles at the Outlet at Banbridge, one of which was a van.
When they arrived they observed boxes being passed between the two vehicles and it appeared the items were designer clothing and accessories.
Police spoke to the defendant who said they had met by arrangement and had intended on exchanging the goods in exchange for cash.
She said the van belonged to her and she said she had bought the items on the mainland tol sell them for profit.
It was established they were fake goods and included Mulberry handbags, Jimmy Choo, Chanel and Ugg goods. Galbraith was arrested and interviewed and she made full admissions.
She admitted she had bought the goods in Manchester knowing they were not genuine and paid a total of 3000 for them. The court heard there were 62 exhibits in total, all of which had counterfeit designer logos on them.
Defence solicitor for the 30-year-old, Mr Rocks told the court Galbraith had been "open and honest with police when they questioned her".
He said she had hired the van and had been "under the assumption there was insurance on it">
“In relation to the items, they were bought in Manchester from a market stall and they were ounterfeit goods," said Mr Rocks.
“She was to go to Banbridge and sell them on to an individual, who also knew that they were counterfeit goods."
He said Galbraith has been living in Newry for over three years with her children and has been "making significant efforts to get herself back on track".
“She was trying to make money for Christmas. I do not believe she will be back before the court," he said.
A PPS prosecutor made an application to the court for the goods seized to be destroyed.
Mr Rocks confirmed the van and the counterfeit goods were seized, however he stressed the van did not belong to Galbraith.
Granting the destruction order for the counterfeit goods, District Judge Mr Eamonn King said he would make no order on the van.
He fined Galbraith a total of 675, awarded her six penalty points and imposed a 15 offender levy.


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