Sunderland woman admits selling fake designer goods - but still faces a trial

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A WOMAN has admitted having counterfeit items of clothing, electrical goods and fashion accessories for sale from her home.

Victoria Trott pleaded guilty to 13 charges of unauthorised use of a trademark by offering or exposing for sale goods bearing a false trademark at Redesdale Road, Red House, Sunderland, on Thursday, January 29.

The main sticking point will be her assertion she is only involved in selling on to friends, family and associates - that is not accepted.

Ros Scott Bell, prosecuting

The charges, brought by Sunderland City Council’s trading standards department, relate to counterfeit items branded Beats, Mulberry, GHD, Chanel, Michael Kors, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Barbour, UGG, VOI, ICE and Superdry.

The illegal items range from headphones and hair-straighteners to clothing and fashion accessories.

Trott, 27, entered her pleas on a basis, which was not entirely accepted by the prosecution. Prosecutor Ros Scott Bell told the court: “The main sticking point will be her assertion she is only involved in selling on to friends, family and associates - that is not accepted.”

The court heard Trott also claims she never offered the goods for sale on the basis they were genuine.

But Miss Scott-Bell said; “Young people may well think they are getting legitimate goods.”

Prosecutors also reject Trott’s claim she was not operating for profit.

A trial of the issues in the case will take place in July 30.

Mr Recorder Nicholas Lumley told Trott: “The basis on which you are to be sentenced has to be resolved.

“That may involve you giving evidence in due course.”

Trott was granted bail until the next hearing.