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Viagra trial halted after the defendant is hit by a lorry outside of court

The Argus: Viagra trial halted after the defendant is hit by a lorry outside of court Viagra trial halted after the defendant is hit by a lorry outside of court

A man on trial for selling counterfeit Viagra in an £11 million fake drugs scam was hit by a delivery lorry outside court.

Seth Pennington, 41, was involved in a collision with the lorry as he was crossing the road outside the Old Bailey on the second day of his trial.

Pennington, Hartington Road, Brighton, suffered serious back injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital.

Judge Charles Wide told the jury the trial would be suspended until the defendant had been treated in hospital.

He said: “I think you may know what’s happened and at least one of you might have seen what’s happened.

“Mr Pennington has been involved in an accident just outside the building and has been taken away in an ambulance.

“We don’t at the moment know what the situation is, what injuries he has suffered or what the prognosis is.

“I’m sorry I cannot give you more information but I’m sure you understand why.”

The jury was sent away until 2pm today.

Pennington was allegedly part of a gang, headed by 41 year-old Neil Gilbert, of Wanderdown Close, Ovingdean, which set up a lucrative online business offering cheap erectile dysfunction pills to customers across the world.

The gang is accused of using a series of “front” companies claiming to sell jewellery, fishing tackle and cosmetics to accept the electronic payments and laundered the proceeds through more than 100 bank accounts both in the UK and offshore.

Pennington is said to have been involved in the operation of one of the front companies and allowed payments to be made into his bank accounts.

He claims that his involvement was innocent and believed the products being sold were legal herbal medicines and cosmetics.

Pennington denies conspiracy to sell or supply unlicensed medicines between 2004 and 2012, two counts of selling or distributing counterfeit goods relating to Viagra and Valium, two counts of money laundering, possession of counterfeit goods, namely Valium and possession of a medicinal product without authorisation, namely Kamagra.

The court heard Gilbert has pleaded guilty to his part in the conspiracy.

The other members of the gang named in the conspiracy charge are Hugh Adair, 36, Catherine Laverick, 46, Sarah Laverick, 26, Mark Bristow, 44, Darrell Jacob, 37, and Kristina Soufalakis, 26.

Adair and the Lavericks, all of Primrose Cottage, Coronation Road, Ulceby, South Humberside, Bristow, of Lower Station Road, Crayford, Kent, Jacob, of Arundel Road, Peacehaven and Soufalakis, of Wanderdown Close, Ovingdean, Brighton, have all admitted their part in the operation.

The trial continues.

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8:02am Fri 23 May 14

We love Red Billy says...

Bet he still gets a stiff sentence!
Bet he still gets a stiff sentence! We love Red Billy
  • Score: 4

8:43am Fri 23 May 14

afterovid says...

I hope he managed to get up ok after the incident
I hope he managed to get up ok after the incident afterovid
  • Score: 6

8:51am Fri 23 May 14

andyfm says...

afterovid wrote:
I hope he managed to get up ok after the incident
He will if he takes one of his pills
[quote][p][bold]afterovid[/bold] wrote: I hope he managed to get up ok after the incident[/p][/quote]He will if he takes one of his pills andyfm
  • Score: -7

9:30am Fri 23 May 14

Goldenwight says...

Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial?
Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial? Goldenwight
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial?
i suspect he thought he was smart and maybe wasting a little more expensive court time gives him a few days more freedom .. a punishment of a big fine on them would be amazing putting them in prison would be a bit of an experience but would it make them change their ways ..
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial?[/p][/quote]i suspect he thought he was smart and maybe wasting a little more expensive court time gives him a few days more freedom .. a punishment of a big fine on them would be amazing putting them in prison would be a bit of an experience but would it make them change their ways .. Mr chock
  • Score: -1

7:57pm Fri 23 May 14

NickBrt says...

Its HARD to imagine the pain he us going through. Hope when his back is better be can still stand ERECT.
Its HARD to imagine the pain he us going through. Hope when his back is better be can still stand ERECT. NickBrt
  • Score: 0

9:32pm Sun 15 Jun 14

SeaGee says...

Mr chock wrote:
Goldenwight wrote:
Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial?
i suspect he thought he was smart and maybe wasting a little more expensive court time gives him a few days more freedom .. a punishment of a big fine on them would be amazing putting them in prison would be a bit of an experience but would it make them change their ways ..
He is as guilty as the rest of the gang are and yes is wasting time by pleading not guilty, in the meantime the rest of the gang have to sit and suffer not knowing their fate, this has been going on for 3 years now.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Begs the question, why did this guy plead 'not guilty' when everyone else in the gang pleaded guilty? I hope we can be kept informed on the outcome of the trial?[/p][/quote]i suspect he thought he was smart and maybe wasting a little more expensive court time gives him a few days more freedom .. a punishment of a big fine on them would be amazing putting them in prison would be a bit of an experience but would it make them change their ways ..[/p][/quote]He is as guilty as the rest of the gang are and yes is wasting time by pleading not guilty, in the meantime the rest of the gang have to sit and suffer not knowing their fate, this has been going on for 3 years now. SeaGee
  • Score: 0

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