Man tried to sell fake jewellery, clothing and cosmetics in bar

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A debt-ridden 29-year-old man has been sentenced after he tried to sell fake designer goods to make some money for Christmas.

Bradford Crown Court heard how police officers seized more than 60 items of jewellery, clothing and cosmetics at a bar in Todmorden last December and Paul Donegan was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Donegan, of Keswick Close, Todmorden, admitted three charges of possessing goods with false trademarks for sale.

Prosecutor Ken Green said the goods included fake Pandora jewellery and Paul’s Boutique hoodies and bags which would have been worth hundreds of pounds each if they had been the real products.

When police interviewed Donegan about the items he said he had spent about £500 buying them off eBay.

“He said he didn’t think they were fake, but he got them at a good price,” said Mr Green.

Mr Green explained that under the trademarks for the items Donegan would need to have the permission of the producers to sell the goods.

Barrister Jeremy Lindsay, for Donegan, said his client had debts totalling £40,000. He said Donegan had taken a chance out of stupidity to try and make some money to spend at Christmas for his family.

He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work in the community.