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3 sentenced on counterfeit spirits charges

The owners of a pub and off-licence in Tuam, County Galway, were fined and given community service sentences recently having been found guilty of receiving and retailing counterfeit spirits.

 

The FSAI welcomed the outcome in relation to Judge James Faughnan’s sentencing of the three defendants in cases which were taken by the HSE supported by the FSAI.

The FSAI welcomed the outcome in relation to Judge James Faughnan’s sentencing of the three defendants in cases which were taken by the HSE supported by the FSAI.

 

The cases were taken against Aiden Cummins of The Front Room (also known as Hibernia Inn) in Tuam, County Galway, as well as Joe and Rachel Cummins of Tuam Retail Ltd trading as Cosmo Off-Licence in Tuam, County Galway, last November.

On the 26th of October 2021 evidence was provided to the court that following a complaint to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland of illness from the consumption of alcohol in the Front Room, an inspection of the premises was conducted by authorised officers of the Health & Safety Executive and the FSAI.

A significant quantity of counterfeit Smirnoff Red Label vodka was found. It was seized and removed from the premises according to the FSAI. Aiden Cummins entered a guilty plea in relation to five charges and was ordered to pay costs of €15,200 and sentenced to 150 hours community service in lieu of four months in prison.

Joe Cummins from Cosmo Off-Licence entered a guilty plea to charges of failing to maintain records of the supplier of Smirnoff Red Label vodka and failure to maintain records of the dates of transactions/delivery supplied to him from a third party and he paid costs of €1,000, with the Judge imposing a fine €750. 

Evidence was also provided in court that Rachel Cummins had sold Smirnoff Red Label vodka from an unknown source to Aiden Cummins.

Rachel Cummins entered a guilty plea to a charge of failing to notify the official agency of an establishment under her control with a view to registration.

She paid costs of €1,000 and was sentenced to 100 hours community service in lieu of two months in prison. 

The FSAI welcomed the outcome in relation to Judge James Faughnan’s sentencing of the three defendants in cases which were taken by the HSE supported by the FSAI.

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