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Tyrone man Richard Chambers admits possession of fraudulent TV decoders

A 12-month prison sentence was imposed, suspended for three years (stock photo)
A 12-month prison sentence was imposed, suspended for three years (stock photo)

By Staff Reporter

A Co Tyrone man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting possessing criminal property involving fraudulent Sky TV satellite decoders in breach of copyright law.

Richard Chambers was detected after an advertisement on Facebook was spotted by Trading Standards officers, who in turn contacted Sky TV.

The offending by Chambers (46) of Lisadavil Park, Aughnacloy, occurred on various dates between February 2012 and September 2015.

During interview, Chambers accepted that he had bought four seized decoders from "a man in Derry" but was unable to identity who he was.

He admitted knowing this was illegal activity, claiming to have done it "to supplement his income".

A defence barrister said Chambers has a completely clear record and had foolishly involved himself in an activity to make extra money for ordinary household expenses.

A 12-month prison sentence was imposed, suspended for three years.

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