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No evidence from forgery accused
Graeme Walker and Faisal Madani
Graeme Walker and Faisal Madani deny the charges
A man accused of supplying fake autographs and sporting memorabilia will not give evidence in his own defence, his trial has been told.

Faisal Madani, 43, of Grange Road, Bramhall, Greater Manchester, denies 20 charges under the Trade Descriptions Act and the Trade Marks Act.

He was sworn into the witness box at Chester Crown Court last Friday but has since decided not to take the stand.

The jury was discharged after his decision was announced on Monday.

Mr Madani's co-accused Graeme Walker, 45, of Mountain View Close, Connah's Quay, north Wales, and his company Sporting Icons Limited face 53 similar offences.

Mr Walker also denies the charges.

During the trial, the prosecution has claimed that Mr Madani supplied items bearing the signatures of famous sportsmen, including rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson and Premiership stars Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.

The jury was sent home and the case was adjourned until Tuesday afternoon.



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