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Antrim woman alleged to have fake Nike goods and cigarettes to stand trial

By Alan Erwin

Published 18/01/2016

A date for the woman's trial is to be confirmed.
A date for the woman's trial is to be confirmed.

A Co Antrim woman has been ordered to stand trial accused of a branded goods scam.

Janet Bingham allegedly breached the Trade Marks Act by having goods with the same signs and leading sportswear and cigarette firms.

The 51-year-old, of Ballyduff Brae in Newtownabbey, is charged with three counts of possessing items in breach of a registered trademark.

She faces a further charge of having criminal property.

The alleged offences were committed in February last year. They involve goods with packaging bearing a sign identical to or likely to be mistaken for Nike, Imperial Tobacco and Mayfair Cigarettes.

Bingham attended Belfast Magistrates' Court today in a wheelchair for her preliminary enquiry hearing.

A prosecution lawyer submitted that she has a case to answer, with defence solicitor Denis Moloney raising no objection.

Bingham confirmed she did not want to call any witnesses or give evidence at this stage.

District Judge Desmond Perry ruled that she was to be returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a later date.

She released the accused on continuing bail of £500.

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