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Coventry shopkeeper fined for selling dangerous gun-shaped laser pens

Published Monday, 24 September 2018

A Coventry shopkeeper has been fined for selling dangerous gun-shaped laser pointers and stocking out of date food.

Mr Nazeer Kogyani, 39, of Stoney Mini Market on the Stoney Stanton Road was fined £500 and ordered to pay over £1200 in Council costs by Coventry Magistrates Court (19 September).

He was prosecuted for offences under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013.

Coventry’s Trading Standards team visited the Stoney Mini Market in November 2017 and identified a number of keyrings on sale in the shape of toy guns that were not CE marked and didn’t have any details as to the manufacturer or importer.

These items contained laser pointers that were worryingly strong. As a result, officers seized the items in question. On further inspection of the fridges in the shop a number of packs of beef sausages were also found beyond their use-by date and removed from sale.

Trading Standards later submitted the laser pointers for testing and the results showed it had the potential to cause an eye injury. Public Health England, The Health Protection Agency and the World Health Organisation guidelines all specify lasers of such strength should not be available to the general public.

The court heard that Mr Kogyani was unable to provide any receipts or identify where the laser pointers came from.

Additionally, Trading Standards officers had previously verbally advised and issued a written warning to Mr Kogyani regarding stocking out of date food, and he had also previously accepted a simple caution for similar matters.  

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, Chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said: “Shoppers in Coventry have a right to be confident that the goods and food they buy are safe. Trading Standards have a critical role in protecting the public from dangers that are not immediately obvious to many consumers.

“A vast majority of businesses in Coventry trade fairly and safely, however in incidents where traders behave in a cavalier manner, and ignore our advice, we will take action through the courts to protect our community.”

If consumers have seen similar products on sale, or are concerned about shops selling food beyond its use by date, they can contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 to raise their concerns.

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