Fraud man gets payback order

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A man exposed for sale more than £4,500 worth of branded-name goods without the consent of the registered trademark owners.

Richard McIntyre, 50, pleaded guilty to a total of four charges which happened at his home in Leyden Bank on August 13 last year.

The haul included 38 UGG handbags and also flip flops, headphones, canvas bags and boots.

He also showed North Face jackets, Hugo Boss t-shirts and Jack Wills t-shirts that were stored in his garage.

But depute fiscal Claire Bottomley said :”The items were recovered from his garage. The suggestion is another person was involved who was taking responsibility for this and they were stored in his garage.

“He had showed them to persons with a view to selling.”

Defence lawyer Rory Bannerman said McIntyre had stored the items for a friend and they were shown to
people on a couple of occasions.

But he added:”They were held there for a friend and not for any financial gain. The items were mercifully recovered.”

Mr Bannerman said his client had been going through a difficult time following the loss of his long-term partner in a road traffic accident and excessive alcohol use had spiralled into depression.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond said: “For the misfortunes you have encountered you are due sympathy.

“But this type of activity is not only a fraud on the owners of the trademarks and copyrights but also a fraud on the public.”

He imposed a 12-month Community Payback Order involving 150 hours’ unpaid work.

The Crown have also lodged an action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 with a hearing scheduled for September 19.