THE trial of a Sunderland businessman who was allegedly found with counterfeit mobile phones on his premises has been delayed until next year.
Alexander Dobbing, 58, of Ashdale Court, Roker, was due to stand trial at Teesside Crown Court this week.
He denies seven charges of false use of a trademark in connection with a business.
Dobbing was arrested after police found allegedly fake designer-branded mobile phones in D and H Jewellers shop in Queen Street, Darlington.
Among the items recovered were phones branded as Versace, Rolex and Louis Vuitton, a fake Barbie mp3 music player, and a fake Apple iPhone.
Chris Knox, defending, told the court Dobbing could not fairly stand trial at the moment due to unforeseen events in his family.
Mr Knox told Judge Howard Crowson: “I have outlined these events on the record to your honour in chambers, and to my learned friend for the prosecution.
“I do not propose to say any more in open court.”
Judge Crowson said he agreed the trial could not take place this week.
The judge set a new trial date of January 14 next year.
Dobbing was released on unconditional bail.