HAVE YOUR SAY: Spalding shopkeeper avoids jail after illegal cigarettes find

Saman Ahmad Mahmood (36), was handed a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after he was found guilty of possessing and supplying illegal cigarettes from the Nasza Biendronka off-licence in Sheep Market, Spalding.
Saman Ahmad Mahmood (36), was handed a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after he was found guilty of possessing and supplying illegal cigarettes from the Nasza Biendronka off-licence in Sheep Market, Spalding.

A Spalding shopkeeper found guilty of 13 charges relating to the possession and supply of illegal cigarettes has been spared an immediate jail term.

Saman Ahmad Mahmood (36), of Lowndes Street, Bolton, was convicted of all 13 charges relating to contraband cigarettes found at the Nasza Biendronka off-licence in Sheep Market, Spalding, during a joint operation in November and December 2015.

Lincoln Magistrates Court.

Lincoln Magistrates Court.

After a trial at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Friday, November 11, Mahmood was found guilty of all charges, including that of knowingly obtaining 2,240 cigarettes on which no duty had been paid.

Mahmood was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 240 hours unpaid work within the next twelve months and told to pay costs totalling £2080.

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