Suspended sentence for man selling ‘unsafe’ generators on eBay

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man from Haverhill has received a five month suspended jail sentence after trying to sell ‘unsafe’ generators on eBay.

Yacuba Ibrahim pleaded guilty to giving the impression the ‘Honda’ generators could be sold when they had in fact been deemed to be unsafe and two counts of failing to carry out a product recall on unsafe products.

Sentencing Ibrahim at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge John Devaux said: “This case concerns the safety of consumers to which you paid scant regard.”

Suffolk Trading Standards were alerted when a member of the public got in touch to question the authenticity of the ‘Honda’ generators being sold by Ibrahim on eBay.

When they spoke with the Trade Mark representative for Honda, Trading Standards were able to confirm the product wasn’t manufactured by them.

In May 2014 a warrant was issued allowing Trading Standards to seize the goods.

Two different brands of generators and a couple of other power tools were seized, tested and found to be unsafe.

Ibrahim was served a notice requiring him to recall the unsafe generators, something he failed to act upon.

He was also unable to supply chain information and technical files to clarify whether any of the goods up for sale had been through the relevant safety procedures.

Welcoming the outcome of case, Councillor Sarah Stamp, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for communities said: “It is completely unacceptable for businesses to supply equipment which puts consumers at risk.

“Our Trading Standards team works tirelessly to ensure that businesses comply with relevant safety legislation and that the goods supplied are properly described and safe to use.”

Ibrahim received a five month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £4,800 in costs.