Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Bail for Rihanna’s uncle charged for selling fake Fenty PUMA gear

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Rihanna’s uncle Leroy Brathwaite is set to return to Court next Tuesday.

On noticing that persons were wearing knock-offs of her brand while on island, Rihanna made a report with the PUMA Executives and the decision was made to get the source of the issue.

Police spokesperson Roland Cobbler told Loop News:

“Rihanna was in Barbados, she saw the knock-off products of her brand being sold. She reported it to her PUMA Executive back in Curacao or wherever the case may be. The Executive Officer came to Barbados, made a check, realized the produce or merchandise was indeed fake and made a report to police, and we investigated.”

As a result of their investigations, her uncle Brathwaite, who stage name was Daddy I-Roy and more recently De Warrior was arrested and charged. He operates on Swan Street in Bridgetown – Barbados’ capital. In question are slippers and T-shirts.

The 53-year-old of Goddings Road, Station Hill, St Michael, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday before Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.

Brathwaite pleaded not guilty to the charge that in trade or in commerce as a supplier, he falsely represented that 11 pairs of slippers and 13 T-shirts were of a particular standard, style or model, to wit, the brand Puma, contrary to the Consumer Protection Act Cap 326D.

He was also charged that with a view to gain for himself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another and without the consent of the registered owner of a trademark Puma, he exposed for sale goods which bear the sign Puma, and which were likely to be mistaken for the registered trademark Puma.

In addition, he denied that in trade or commerce, he engaged in conduct, to wit, exposed for sale goods bearing the trademark known as Puma which would mislead the public as to the nature of the goods.

His charges were dated May 29, 2017.

Brathwaite is to return to the Court, Tuesday, November 28. He was released on bail in amount of $1 000 with one surety.

The matter has been adjourned until next Tuesday, November 28, when the prosecution will respond to the submissions.

Until then, Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant released Brathwaite on $1 000 bail with a surety. 

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