Serial pirate DVD trader jailed

Court snatch: Sunderland Magistrates': Keith Gibson of Fence Houses.
Court snatch: Sunderland Magistrates': Keith Gibson of Fence Houses.
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An ILLEGAL trader caught selling pirate movies for the fourth time has been put behind bars.

Keith Gibson was spotted dealing in the illegal films from the boot of his car in Houghton in June last year.

When the 52-year-old’s vehicle and home were raided, investigators found more than 1,500 movies including Arthur, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Despicable Me and Pirates of the Caribbean, which had been copied without the permission of studios Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Disney.

They also found two burners used to make the illegal movies, which were then packaged using copies of company trademarks.

At the time he was on a suspended prison sentence for similar offending in 2010 and has further convictions dating back to 2007 and 2008.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Mr Recorder Tim Hirst sentenced Gibson, of Disraeli Street, Houghton, to 13 months behind bars.

The judge told him: “What is serious in this case is that this is the fourth conviction in recent years for similar offences.

“Another aggravating feature is that at the time you were given a suspended sentence it would have been made clear to you if you committed a further offence during the course of the suspended period, the suspended sentence would be brought into effect, that is the idea.”

Gibson was sentenced to four months from the suspended sentence plus nine months for the latest convictions.

He had pleaded guilty to six charges of unauthorised use of a trademark at an earlier hearing.

Christopher Rose, defending, said Gibson, who is a carer for his disabled wife, was tempted back into illegal movie making because of money problems.

Mr Rose said: “He was not living, in any sense, a lavish lifestyle or making any considerable amount of money out of what he was doing, far from it, Despite the activities he remained and remains in debt.”

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