Suspended sentence for dodgy DVD seller

Staff at the Golden Lion, Todmorden.
Staff at the Golden Lion, Todmorden.

A COUNTERFEITER has been spared prison after producing thousands of illegal DVDs.

Jan Barnett, 40, of Nutfield Street, Todmorden, sold between 2,000 and 2,500 illegal copies in a six month period last year.

He was spotted selling the dodgy movies by police officers in the Golden Lion pub, Todmorden, on July 1, last year.

They went into the pub at around 5.45pm and noticed he had an open rucksack containing around 100 dvds.

He quickly tried to hide the bag but officers arrested him and found he was also in possession of £100 in cash.

Barnett’s home was searched and officers found a CD re-writer in the cellar and printers designed for printing labels on to discs and dvd cases.

In a first floor bedroom they discovered 600 counterfeit discs made up of films and music albums.

Another 200 discs were in a second floor bedroom along with 700 blank discs and more than 1,000 empty cases.

Some of the titles included The Adjustment Bureau, Malibu Girlfriends and Cheerleaders Gone Nuts.

Barnett made full admissions when interviewed by the police and said he made £1.70 in profit on each disc he sold. He claimed to have sold between 2,000 and 2,500 discs in a six month period meaning a total profit of more than £4,000.

James Lake, defending, said: “He is quite clearly someone who has shown remorse and contrition.”

Recorder Sandeep Kainth sentenced Barnett to nine months in prison but that will be suspended for a year.

He will also have to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.