A former newsagent who was found to have 1,000 fake cigarettes in the back of his shop has been admonished.
Shriraj Ragindha, 44, was the owner of Tony’s Newsagent on Aberdeen’s Victoria Road at the time of the offence and the fake items found bore the trademark of Winston cigarettes.
Ragindha appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted having the items in his possession with a view to selling, letting for hire or exposing for sale or hire or distributing – the offence took place on May 22 last year.
Fiscal Depute Hannah Sweeney told the court: “Trading Standards officers and police visited the shop to inspect it. The five cartons, each containing 200 cigarettes, were found in a small kitchen area at the back of the shop. And although they bore the Winston trademark, checks with the manufacturer JT International SA revealed they were fake.”
Defence agent Ian Hingston said his client had suffered from a “very serious stroke” after the offence and now has memory issues and problems walking. He added the shop had since been sold and his client was now on benefits.