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Counterfeit condom deal results in £50,000 fine and suspended sentences

Kanish Kapour of Eastcote Lane, Harrow, and Ahmeed Singh Manocha of Bush Court, Shepherds Bush Green, received suspended sentences and were ordered to pay more than £50,000 between them for handling counterfeit Durex condoms, following an MHRA investigation

Two men have received suspended sentences and been ordered to pay more than £50,000 between them for handling counterfeit condoms.

Medicines watchdog the MHRA linked Kanish Kapour, 46, of Eastcote Lane, Harrow, and Ahmeed Singh Manocha, 49, of Bush Court, Shepherds Bush Green, to an operation smuggling fake Durex condoms into the UK from China.

The men, both directors of west London company Trade Express UK Ltd, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess the counterfeits and were sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court last week (April 16) to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

They were also ordered to serve 200 hours of unpaid work and pay more than £25,400 each. The court banned them from serving as a director of a company for seven years, the MHRA said.

An MHRA investigation found that the two west London men were arranging for fake Durex condoms to be imported from China

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The watchdog was alerted to their activities after the UK Border Agency seized 25,200 packs of counterfeit condoms in 2012. An investigation revealed that Mr Kapour, 46, and Mr Manocha, 49, were arranging for the goods to be imported from China and then transported to their business premises.

The men "did not care about people's health" and the case showed that the MHRA "would not hesitate to take action" against anyone involved in similar activities, said director of medical devices John Wilkinson.

"Counterfeit condoms look real but they are badly made and anyone using one has a higher risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease or having an unwanted pregnancy. It is vital people buy condoms from well-known, reputable retailers and pharmacies," he added.

Does the punishment fit the crime?
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Pharmacist Pharmacist, Community pharmacist

The irony would be worse if one of their family member purchased and used the fake condoms and became affected either by a STI or unwanted pregnancy.

Were these condoms branded, e.g. durex etc? or were they a Chinese brand?

Calum Nelson, Locum pharmacist

The punishment nowhere near fits the crime. If you were smuggling wholesale amounts of cannabis into the country you'd be looking at 5 years at least, and it doesn't put thousands of people at risk of contracting STIs or having an unwanted pregnancy.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Imagine a guy high on cannabis using these codoms and going on a sex frenzy ?? what are the chances that these diseases spread and the rates of pregnancy shooting the roof ?? ;-))

Calum Nelson, Locum pharmacist

I don't know if someone high on cannabis is capable of any kind of frenzy, unless it involves Pringles and a big bag of Maltesers.

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