A Ballymena man has been given a suspended jail term after admitting possessing counterfeit clothing, footwear and handbags in breach of registered trademarks.
Alan William Caulfield (43), of Alfred Street Place, had items with trademarks including – Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Polo Ralph Lauren and Hummel – at his address on October 2 last year.
A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court that following a police search 52 items of suspected counterfeit clothing, footwear and handbags were found.
The defendant told police he bought the handbags for a family member for Christmas.
Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said Caulfield bought the items at a market and most were football-type jerseys and other items were for family members.
The lawyer said the defendant had not made any large profit and had no trappings of wealth.
The solicitor said Caulfield had not been back to the market in question.
Handing down a four months jail term, suspended for a year, District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: “You have to understand that these regulations are there for a reason”.