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Suspended sentence for DVD pirate
Chris Constantine
DVD pirate Chris Constantine was sentenced at St Albans
A former market stall holder who made thousands of pounds selling illegal copies of films has pledged to a judge not to do it again.

Chris Constantine, 49, was given a suspended jail sentence at St Albans Crown Court and told Judge Stephen Warner: "You won't see me again."

Constantine, of Islington, London, was sentenced after being convicted last year of infringing copyright.

He sold goods at Bovingdon Market near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Constantine rented a pitch from Wendyfair Markets on the disused airfield at Bovingdon.

In 2004 and 2005, it was alleged the market developed a reputation for selling counterfeit goods, particularly films, music, clothing and computer games.

Trading standards officers estimated that as much as 20% of the goods were fake.

Mental health treatment

Constantine and his partner Louise Taylor, 31, were said to have made approximately 30,000 between May and November 2005 from their stall.

He made illegal copies of films in his home and sold them at the market and on a website called Film Zip.

Defence barrister Michael Phillips said Constantine was suffering from a serious psychiatric condition and had been at the time of the offences.

Judge Stephen Warner imposed a 12 month jail sentence, which he suspended for two years.

He also ordered Constantine to carry out 280 hours unpaid work and made it a condition of his two year supervision by probation that he received treatment for mental health problems.

The judge told him: "The conduct you engaged in was quite unacceptable.

"You have got to stay away from behaviour like that in the future."

In December Taylor, who is now a nurse, was given a suspended prison sentence for selling counterfeit goods and told to carry out 40 hours unpaid work.

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