Prison threat and community work for retailer of fake and dangerous goods
A Bedford man has been handed a 10 months suspended prison
sentence and ordered to carry out 270 hours of community service
after an investigation by Bedford Borough Council Environmental
Health & Trading Standards Service.
Prince Doms Odemena, owner of Vivacity Stores Ltd, pleaded
guilty to 12 charges of breaching the Trade Marks Act 1994 and 5 of
breaching the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and appeared at Bedford
Magistrates Court on Wednesday 27th November.
Mr Odemena who owned the company Vivacity Stores Limited and
traded as vivacitystores.com, originally based at Henley Road,
Bedford had been asked to remove dangerous electrical goods from
sale on his websites by Trading Standards in June 2012. When
the electrical items remained on sale, Trading Standards executed
an entry and search warrant in September at Mr Odemena’s then home
address in Kempston.
Officers discovered a large amount of clothing and electrical
items at the address and subsequent tests identified that the
majority were either counterfeit and/or dangerous to consumers.
Items seized included dangerous electrical chargers, mobile phone
wrist watches, slimming massage belts, ‘New Era’ baseball caps,
‘Calvin Klein’ bedding and ‘Mac’ make up Kits.
Councillor Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for Community
and Regulatory Services, said: “This investigation uncovered
potentially dangerous electrical devices being sold to members of
the public. This is clearly a risk to the public and illegal and
the decision taken by the courts supports the action taken by the
Council in pursuing this case.
“This result demonstrates that we will take all possible action
to ensure that rogue businessmen and women will not be allowed to
operate in Bedford Borough.”
Mr Odemena was sentenced to five months in prison for the
Electrical Safety Offences and 10 months for the Trade Mark
offences with both sentences to run concurrently and which were
suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs, a
£100 victim surcharge and to carry out 270 hours of Community
Magistrates took into account Mr Odemena’s guilty plea and
reduced his sentence by 10% accordingly.