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Pill dealing British pensioner who fled to Thailand finally jailed

 

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A London pensioner, who fled to Thailand almost five years ago to escape punishment for selling illegal tobacco and Viagra-type pills, is back behind bars after he was tracked down by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

 

Brian Frederick Hipwood, 72, of Hanger Vale Lane, North Ealing, London, was arrested by HMRC officers at Gatwick airport on 8 July 2019, before he boarded a flight to Belfast.

 

Hipwood was jailed in March 2013 for 15 months for excise fraud and selling unlicensed male enhancement supplements.

 

Soon after his release from prison, in June 2014, he was arrested for identical offences but fled to Thailand before a court hearing.

 

A warrant was issued for his arrest and a confiscation order for £600,000 was granted in his absence. He returned to the UK and was arrested as he tried to get back to Thailand via Belfast.

 

Hipwood was jailed for five years on 16 July 2019 for failure to pay the confiscation order and today, Friday 13 December, he was given a 22-month sentence for selling the illegal tobacco and tablets.

 

Hipwood was arrested for repeat offending in June 2014 after HMRC officers discovered more than 153,000 cigarettes, 181 kilos of hand rolling-tobacco and almost 8,000 doses of illegal Viagra-type products, at a storage unit in London.

Duty had not been paid on the tobacco products.

 

Before a hearing at Ealing Magistrates’ Court in November 2014, he fled the country. A warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

 

In his absence, Hipwood was ordered to repay £600,000 made from the crimes he was jailed for in 2013, within three months, or face another five years in prison, and still owe the money, at Isleworth Crown Court on 3 June 2016.

 

He was tracked down by HMRC and arrested at Gatwick airport in July 2019. His travel documents showed he was travelling back to Thailand, via Belfast.

 

On 16 July 2019, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Hipwood was sentenced to five years in prison for failing to pay the confiscation order. His debt of £585,403.28, plus interest totalling £134,766.39, remains and increases by £128.31 a day until paid.

 

At Isleworth Crown Court today, Friday 13 December, he was sentenced to 22 months for cheating the public revenue, selling illegal medicines and absconding. The sentence will run concurrent to the five year prison sentence he is serving for non-payment of the confiscation order.
 

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So, these rascals escape the UK via NI and I presume The Republic.

 

I often wondered how they jumped bail and fled so easily, it makes sense now.

I have led a sheltered life if this revelation is old news!

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Brian Frederick Hipwood, 72, of Hanger Vale Lane, North Ealing, London, was arrested by HMRC officers at Gatwick airport on 8 July 2019, before he boarded a flight to Belfast.

 

   Sir, have you got anything to declare?  May I see your passport, please? Oh, you're heading to Thailand to get some more fake Viagra?

 

For god's sake, now. Please follow me..................

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Some laws I find very strange... For example in America it's illegal to sell fake illegal drugs to a drug addict. Honestly who cares if you cheat a drug addict? Maybe it will make them think twice about buying drugs again.

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11 minutes ago, BobinBKK said:

Some laws I find very strange... For example in America it's illegal to sell fake illegal drugs to a drug addict. Honestly who cares if you cheat a drug addict? Maybe it will make them think twice about buying drugs again.

This man wasn't selling fake anything!

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These guys are the British gestapo you do not mess with them. They have far more powers than the police. I feel sorry for the old boy who probably lost his pension due to the thieving Gordon Brown who stole the pension fund. This victimless crime he commited saving people the criminal taxes placed on tobacco by the government. Well old boy you will be taken good care of so get your dental and checkups done, relax and cost the same government hundreds of thousands taking care of you. Next time open a go fund me for "one last romp in Thailand". 

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2 hours ago, secondfusilier said:

 

because he can then just hop the border into Eire unchecked and avoid British Immigration when he flies out of Dublin.

Its one of the reasons why the " backstop " in the Brexit deal is so important for all sides.

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So is he going to spend a life time in prison because he can't pay the confiscation order? A victim less crime as well. Rapist, murderers child molesters, terrorists get less. 

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5 minutes ago, trigpoint said:

So is he going to spend a life time in prison because he can't pay the confiscation order? A victim less crime as well. Rapist, murderers child molesters, terrorists get less. 

Not true, a few of those kindsa people got 30 years+ recently in the UK.

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1 hour ago, jessy88 said:

I thought a magistrate court can't sentence more than 12 months. 

I thought it was 6 months.

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