Designer fakes sold ‘to cut family debt’

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard counterfeit goods were sold to reduce the accused's debts.
Hamilton Sheriff Court heard counterfeit goods were sold to reduce the accused's debts.

A dad who sold counterfeit clothing through a Facebook page claimed he was only trying to keep a roof over his family’s head.

Solicitor Brian Selby told Hamilton Sheriff Court that his client, William Allardyce, was so desperate to reduce his mortgage debt that he bought items from the Barras in Glasgow and advertised them on a site called Bargains Den.

Allardyce (39), formerly of Beechwood, Netherton, and now New View Crescent, Bellshill, admitted eight trade mark offences. His wife, Angela (39), had her not guilty pleas accepted.

Police raided Carfin Auto Repairs - a garage run by mechanic Allardyce and his wife - in November 2013. They found nearly £1,000 worth of clothing and cosmetics with labels such as Armani, Ralph Lauren, Hollister, Nike, Adidas and Chanel.

Mr Selby described as ‘utter rubbish’ a suggestion in a background report that it was a well-organised enterprise.

He said: “Bargains Den was set up by his wife because of their debt. She sold Christmas presents and goods from around the house.

“My client went to the Barras to get things for his children.

“He then had the idea to buy other items there and advertise them on the Facebook page. He was trying to keep a roof over his children’s head.

“Police and trading standards officers were expecting to find cargo loads of stuff when they raided the garage, but that wasn’t the case.”

Sheriff Vincent Smith said he wanted to investigate an electronic tagging order for Allardyce as an alternative to jail and deferred sentence for a third time until July 24.