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Spared jail Dad caught with €8,500 of counterfeit shoes admitted printing off fake logos on his computer

Ninety pairs of counterfeit Adidas footwear and 120 labels were seized, valued at €8,550.

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Asim Maqbool

Asim Maqbool

Asim Maqbool

A businessman caught with thousands of euro worth of counterfeit runners and shoes had made fake logos on his computer.

Asim Maqbool (41) admitted he printed the Adidas and Ugg brand labels off after gardaí seized more than €8,000 worth of bogus footwear in a raid.

He was spared jail when Judge Gerard Jones gave him a one-month suspended sentence.

Maqbool, a father-of-two from Ballyowen Hall, Lucan, pleaded guilty to possession of clothing and labels bearing marks that were identical or resembled trademarks.

He also admitted dishonestly operating a computer with the intention of making gain for himself or loss to another.

He had no lawyer but said he wanted to plead without legal representation.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court gardaí searched a premises occupied by Maqbool at Centrepoint Business Park, Clondalkin, on December 7, 2017.

A large quantity of counterfeit clothing was recovered, mainly footwear, and Adidas and Ugg brand labels.

Ninety pairs of counterfeit Adidas footwear and 120 labels were seized, valued at €8,550.

No potential loss had been quantified for the 94 pairs of counterfeit Ugg footwear and 793 Ugg labels that were also seized.

Maqbool made full admissions and said he had used a laptop to make and print the trademark labels, Sgt Callaghan said.

He had no previous convictions.

Maqbool told the court he needed cash flow to pay his bills, survival was difficult for him and he "made a mistake".

He said he was now working part-time as a taxi driver.

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The accused had been living in Ireland for 20 years.

Suspending the sentence for a year, the judge said it was a serious matter but he was not going to jail him.

He told Maqbool he could appeal if he wished.

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