Illegal sport broadcasting equipment supplier fined £250,000

By Liam Coleman contact

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Prosecution: Malcolm Mayes offered the illegal boxes for £995
Prosecution: Malcolm Mayes offered the illegal boxes for £995

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A Hartlepool man was handed a £250,000 fine and suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling illegal Kodi boxes last week.

Malcolm Mayes, 65, of Egerton Road, was sentenced at Teeside Crown Court on Monday 6 March to 10 months' imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

Mayes was also ordered to pay a total of £250,000 in costs and a Proceeds of Crime Order.

The employee offered licensees access to Premier League and Champions League football for £995.

Reacting to the news, George Lawson, head of commercial piracy for Sky, said: “The sentencing in this case shows how seriously the courts take this type of theft and underlines the message that the only legal way to show Sky Sports in UK venues is by a commercial agreement directly with Sky.

“If licensees choose to show our content illegally they should expect the requisite legal action as a result.”

Blocked servers

Meanwhile, the Premier League has been granted permission by the High Court to force internet service providers to block websites that give access to illegal sport.

A spokesperson for the Premier League hailed the court’s decision.

The spokesperson said: “This will enable us to target the suppliers of illegal streams in a proportionate and precise manner.

“We will continue working with internet service providers, the Government and other sports content producers to protect consumers from illegitimate services.”

The two court cases follow months of concerted action against suppliers and broadcasters of illegal sport coverage.

In 2017, 10 pubs​ have been given large fines, and a Nottingham supplier of illegal sport was jailed for four years in December​.

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