Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014 on 11:12 am

Shop owner who supplied 18-rated DVD to schoolgirl prosecuted

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A DVD shop owner who made the mistake of supplying a 18-rated film to a 13-year-old schoolgirl has been prosecuted.

The 39-year-old who sold illegal DVDs at his shop in Bradford was sentenced at Bradford Magistrates’ Court to 120 hours of unpaid work and has been ordered to pay costs of £1675 plus a victim surcharge of £60.

An investigation was initiated by West Yorkshire Trading Standards last year when officers witnessed the sale of an 18-rated horror movie to a schoolgirl who happened to be a Trading Standards volunteer.

When spoken to by officers from West Yorkshire Trading Standards, the DVD shop owner said he was just looking after the shop for someone. He was warned that supplying counterfeit discs was an offence as was supplying age restricted titles to people who had not attained the required age.

As the advice fell on deaf ears, officers finally raided his premises and seized over 1,000 discs as well as paraphernalia used to display the titles of counterfeit films that he would sell.

In court, the shop owner admitted he was the owner and pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 for selling and possessing for supply, copied DVD’s from his shop in Great Horton Road in Bradford.

He also said he had fallen on hard times, so he had turned to supplying illegal DVDs as a way of getting more money.

The shop has now ceased trading.

David Lodge, Head of Trading Standards, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime and adversely impacts upon local traders trying to make an honest living selling legitimate DVDs.

“West Yorkshire Trading will take action to ensure such traders are tackled and where necessary prosecuted.”

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