Donegal man to face trial for massive counterfeit operation

October 9, 2020

A DONEGAL man will stand trial on charges relating to counterfeit clothes and almost 50,000 counterfeit cigarettes. 

Kevin Doherty (45) of Aileach Valley, Elaghbeg, Burnfoot, appeared before Buncrana District Court on three charges dated June 11, 2019.

The court heard that the DPP has consented for the accused to be sent forward for trial at the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, which commences on October 27 next.

A book of evidence was served on Doherty, who is on station bail.

The accused did not speak during the brief hearing.

Doherty is charged with possessing material bearing a mark identical to or nearly resembling a registered trade mark with a view to selling, letting of hire, offering or exposing for sale or hire.

Doherty is charged with having for sale or delivery 33,600 Excellence cigarettes, 12,200 Lambert & Butler Original Silver cigarettes, 400 Sterling Super King cigarettes and 2,000 Mayfair cigarettes, as well as other items including 10000mg Premium Blend, 105 40g packages of of Domingo tobacco, 16 50g pouches of Golden Virginia tobacco, 230 50g pouches of Flandria Golden tobacco, 100 50g packets of Flandria Golden tobacco.

It is further alleged that Doherty was found in possession in the course of a business items of clothing bearing the marks of brands such as Adidas, New Balance, Nike, North Face, Vans, Lacoste, Fred Perry, Ralph Lauren, Stone Island and Gym King.

Doherty is also charged with copyright infringement.

Judge Paul Kelly assigned legal aid to Mr David Henry and granted one legal council.

Judge Kelly granted bail in Doherty’s own bond of €250.



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