Garage man touted fake goods on side

Court heard of counterfeit clothing raid.
Court heard of counterfeit clothing raid.

A car mechanic boosted his income by selling counterfeit designer clothing from the garage he and his wife ran in Carfin,

Police who raided the premises found ‘numerous’ items with big name labels such as Armani, Ralph Lauren, Hollister, Nike and Adidas, prosecutor Emma Anderson told Hamilton Sheriff Court.

Chanel cosmetic products were also seized during the raid at Carfin Auto Repairs in Carfin Industrial Estate in November 2013.

William 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.

Ms Anderson said police got a search warrant after a tip-off. During the raid they found paperwork relating to a Facebook page called Bargains Den.

She told the court: “The accused said he had bought the items from the Barras in Glasgow and put them up for sale on his Facebook site due to financial problems he and his wife were having.”

Sheriff Vincent Smith told defence agent Brian Selby that given Allardyce’s ‘previous criminal history’ he wanted background reports before passing sentence on June 5.

The sheriff also ordered the Crown to find out the value of the fake goods seized.

Good were still being offered for sale on Bargains Den as Allardyce appeared in court. Items touted last week included a child’s ‘genuine Ralph Lauren checked shirt’ for £3.

More from the court in this week’s Times & Speaker, out on Wednesday.