In July 2022 Hull Cleaning Ltd and it’s Director Mr Paul Scott-South pleaded guilty to offences relating to the sale of KN95 masks during the Covid 19 pandemic. The convictions were secured under the PPE and Consumer Protection legislation. After much delay and debate the case finally went for sentencing on the 24th of February 2023.
At the sentencing hearing Mr Scott-South was imprisoned for 9 months, fined £5000 with £5000 costs. In sentencing, the judge made it clear how serious he considered the case and the potential risk to users of the companies’ “useless” facemasks.
BSIF had been involved in supporting Trading Standards in this prosecution, providing product testing from an “Approved” laboratory, as well as advice and expert witness statements. We were thanked by East Riding of Yorkshire Trading Standards for our support in bringing this successful prosecution. East Riding of Yorkshire Trading Standards went on to say that they hoped that we could use this case and sentencing to impress on the market, the gravity of non-compliance and the potential for loss of liberty and heavy fines should they be discovered.
We have asked for copies of court papers in order that we can share all the information, but in the meantime we wanted to inform you of this landmark case in PPE.
Chief Executive Officer