Wembley man fined for selling illegal DVDs in his Alperton shop
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Ramesh Pushparajah flogged unclassified movies to customers
A Wembley businessman who sold illegal unclassified DVDs from his shop in Alperton has been fined in court.
Ramesh Pushparajah, 31 of Dorothy Avenue, was caught by officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service (BHTSS) who seized more than 700 unclassified discs after swooping on his store in Ealing Road.
Music Rhamys, which specialised in Tamil and Bollywood movies, also used a selection of fake classification stickers, potentially supplying unsuitable content.
Mr Pushparajah admitted that he knew the discs were unlawful but wanted to get his money back on his initial investment.
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He pleaded guilty to eight offences under the Video Recordings Act 1984 and was fined £400 and ordered to pay £500 prosecution costs at Brent Magistrates’ Court.
Bill Bilon from BHTSS, said: “By flouting the Video Recordings Act Mr Pushparajah was potentially exposing children to program content that may upset or distress them and creates an unfair trading environment for those video businesses who do comply with the law.
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“This type of offending is serious and my officers will continue to take action against businesses within the borough who ignore their responsibilities.”
The DVDs will now be destroyed and recycled.