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20 November 2019High Wycombe Magistrates' CourtOn 15 October 2019 charged with five offences in relation to illicit tobacco found in the shop premises contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994, Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and Standardised Packaging of tobacco products Regulations 2015. Sentence was adjourned to 20 November 2019.The defendant was found guilty of all five offences committed whilst on a suspended sentence order and for that breach sentenced to a fine of £184. For the five offences received a 12 month community order to complete 18 rehabilitation days. Costs of £2,260 were awarded and victim surcharge of £85.
28 October 2019High Wycombe Magistrates' CourtOn various occasions Trading Standards officers attended a farm where animal carcasses and bones were found present and not disposed of in the appropriate way. Enforcement notices were issued but not complied with. Charged with five counts contrary to the Animal (By-Products) Regulations. Found guilty of all offences. Fined £500 for the two offences of failing to dispose of the animal by products and no separate penalty for the other three offences.
4 September 2019High Wycombe Magistrates' CourtPossessed criminal property namely the sums of £5,500 and £6,600 knowing or suspecting the said sums represented criminal benefit. Contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.26 weeks custody reduced to 18 months suspended for 24 months. Order to complete five rehabilitation days and contribution to prosecution costs of £500.
3 July 2019Guildford Crown CourtThe defendant appeared at court to face four charges of money laundering, The offences relate to a Surrey resident who was the victim of an alleged fraud by persons unknown. The victim was persuaded to agree to gardening and building work and was initially asked to pay £12,000 for the work to be made payable to the defendant's bank account. Soon afterwards the victim was asked to pay a further £20,000 and was again instructed to make it payable to the defendant's bank account. Contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.The Judge explained that the persons unknown remain unidentified but the defendant was identified because the cheques were paid into her bank accounts. He imposed a term of 12 weeks imprisonment reduced to 10 weeks to reflect guilty plea suspended for 12 months. The sentence was imposed for all four counts to run concurrently.