Rihanna’s uncle has been charged with selling fake items from his own niece’s PUMA line.
Barbados’ leading newspaper, Nation246 reported that Leroy Fitzgerald Brathwaite widely known as Daddy I-Roy, was charged under the Fair Trading Commission’s (FTC) Consumer Protection Act, and ironically Rihanna was the one who apparently noticed all the fake puma gear.
Police say it was after Rihanna returned to Barbados that she noticed the fake items of her hugely popular Puma brand being sold in Swan Street. She reported it to her Puma representative, who then flew to the island and checked it before getting the Police involved.
According to the report, Brathwaite, 53, appeared in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he pleaded not guilty to the charge that in trade or in commerce as a supplier, on May 29, 2017, 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 also 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.
Brathwaite was further 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. That charge was also dated May 29, 2017.
The slippers and shirts were valued at $1 000 and a Puma official from Curacao was reportedly in court to witness the event.
Brathwaite’s attorney Sian Lange who represented him in court made references to Sections 54, 55 and 56 of the Consumer Protection Act which set out the Fair Trading Commission’s powers of regulation and procedures to be taken.
Attorney Sian submitted the matter was improperly brought before the court and asked for it to be dismissed.
The matter has been adjourned until next Tuesday, November 28, when the prosecution will respond to the submissions.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant who’s handling the case released Brathwaite on $1 000 bail with a surety