AN ASPIRING soul singer has been ordered to do community service after being caught with bags of fake CDs and DVDs at a car boot sale.
Aaron Anyia, who performs as Aaron Soul, was spotted selling the discs of stars including Beyonce and BoyzIIMen at Bridgemary School’s car boot sale.
A PCSO saw them and called Gosport-based PC Stephen Hill who was on patrol nearby to come and have a look at Anyia’s stall.
PC Hill also became suspicious after looking over the stall, spotting a large holdall full of discs as well as the ones on the stall, and soon arrested the 31-year-old.
He was found with 83 illegally-copied CDs and 150 DVDs.
Officers searched Anyia’s home and found a computer tower that was capable of making up to 11 copies of CDs or DVDs at a time.
An investigation by members of the Federation Against Copyright Theft and the British Phonographic Industry confirmed the discs found on Anyia had been created from the tower.
The total loss to the film and music industry from these discs alone was calculated to have been more than £1,600.
Anyia had been bought the computer by his mother to enable him to make legitimate copies of his own music.
At Fareham Magistrates’ Court, the father-of-five pleaded guilty to seven counts relating to copyright infringement and the making of copyrighted or trademarked items for sale or hire.
Anyia, of Fullerton Place in Southampton, told the court: ‘I am very embarrassed. I am sorry as I am a musician too.’
He is now hoping to focus on teaching singing and songwriting.
He also works part-time for a charity, giving talks to young people about avoiding getting into trouble.
The court heard Anyia had a previous conviction for possessing trademarked goods for sale.
The bench ordered Anyia to do 80 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and pay £100 costs.
Chairman Michael Cleaves said: ‘You are working on a project to try and divert young people from doing the wrong thing, and you have then gone and done so yourself.
‘This is obviously an object lesson for what you share with young people about keeping on the straight and narrow.’