Following a 5 week trial prosecuted by Mr Jonathan Sandiford Leading Miss Danielle Graham on behalf of Trading Standards, Hunter was sentenced to imprisonment for 4 years and Smith was sentenced to imprisonment for 2 years and 6 months. Both were disqualified from acting as directors under Section 1 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act.
Evidence given at trial indicated that there are a substantial number of similar businesses,
probably numbering in the hundreds, to that run and managed by Hunter and Smith
The appeals relate to the convictions by a jury of Peter Hunter and David Smith under
Section 933 Companies Act 200 which makes it a criminal offence to carry on business for a
fraudulent purpose. The offence applies to individuals who run, manage and control
Hunter and Smith were ticket touts. They used sophisticated software, some purchased on
the dark web, for the bulk purchase or “harvesting” of tickets for popular sporting, music
and cultural events and then resold them, at a substantial premium, on secondary ticketing
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