Court hears Ballymena man is accused of trading in counterfeit Rangers products

A MAN accused of ‘trading in counterfeit products which bore a sign identical to or likely to be mistaken for a registered trade mark – namely Rangers Football Club’ – has had the matter sent to Antrim Crown Court.

Samuel Thomas Moore (36), with an address listed as Crebilly Road, Ballymena – is charged in connection with June 25, 2019.

Also in relation to June 25 last year the defendant is accused of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Relating to the same date he was also charged with cultivating cannabis at his address.

The defendant appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court, sitting in Antrim, on Thursday via an internet link from his solicitor’s office.

During a Preliminary Enquiry – the legal step to send a case to the higher court – a prosecutor submitted there was a case to answer.

A defence barrister said there were “no contrary submissions” and District Judge Peter King ruled a case had been established.

The prosecutor asked for the defendant’s case to be sent to Antrim Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

The defence lawyer applied for one counsel for when the case reaches the Crown Court.

The defendant was released on continuing bail.

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