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Friday 19 April 2019

Taxi man sold counterfeit gym gear after he 'oversubscribed'

Conor Ahern bought the equipment online from a third party
Conor Ahern bought the equipment online from a third party

A taxi driver has admitted selling counterfeit gym equipment online.

Conor Ahern (34) put a training kit bearing a trademark he was not authorised to use up for sale, a court heard.

He had previously bought the gear but had "oversubscribed" and was selling it on.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the case for finalisation on a date next month.

Ahern, of Dargan's Way, Sutton, pleaded guilty to offering training equipment for sale without authorisation that bore a mark "identical to or nearly resembling a trade mark to goods - to wit, a TRX pro suspension training kit".

The offence happened on October 27, 2017.

Dublin District Court heard the trademark holder made a complaint to gardai that counterfeit items were being sold bearing the TRX name on a website.

Delivered

Gardai investigated and bought a training kit, which was found to be counterfeit when it was checked.

Ahern had bought the gym equipment online from a third party, his solicitor Matthew de Courcy said.

The intention was to buy one set, but he "oversubscribed", a number of sets were delivered to him and he was in the process of selling them on.

Ahern had previous convictions, but none for this type of offence, the court heard.

He was working part-time as a taxi driver and had one child.

Ahern had brought €300 to court and was hoping to deal with the case.

The court heard a victim impact statement would be required.

Mr de Courcy said the injured party was a registered company, not an individual, and the defendant had been hoping to have the case finalised.

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