A DAY in court is rarely a good day, and for train fare dodgers, they’re often very bad days.
Several people who failed to pay their rail fares and subsequently neglected to pay up after being asked too appeared in Reading Magistrates Court last week.
Some of them paid huge amounts worth several times more than the fee they were originally supposed to pay.
Here are five Berkshire train-ticket dodgers who will have to pay huge fines.
Sadeque Ali, of High Street, Burnham, was told to fork out £440 in fines plus costs of £180 after he skipped a £1.60 train fare travelling via Great Western Railway in December last year.
The 48-year-old, who was caught out while in Slough, was also told to pay compensation costs of £45.60 at Reading Magistrates Court on April 23.
In total he will pay £665.60 in fines and costs – 416 times more than he would have originally paid purchasing the ticket.
A similar incident also from December last year will see a Slough woman stump up £667.50 in fines, costs and compensation after she refused to pay a £3.50 rail fare.
Aziza Bash, from Park Road, Stoke Poges, was handed the fine on the same day as Mr Ali at Reading Magistrates Court.
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The 27-year-old will have to pay the fee — an 190 times hike on the original train fare — by May 7.
Paul Collinge, of Burton Way, Windsor, was another caught out at Slough in December 2020.
Having not paid a £3.20 fare on a Great Western Railway train, he was ordered to pay £667.20 in fines, costs and compensation last week.
The 46-year-old was not present at court to hear of his punishment — a fee 208 times what he should have paid in the first place.
It appears the Slough ticket inspectors had a particularly good day on December 12, 2020, as they also caught Kurt Lancaster without a ticket.
The 21-year-old, of Oxford Road, Reading, should have paid £8.40 to board his Great Western train.
But he didn’t, and Reading Magistrates Court issued him with a fine (and costs) worth £672.40 — 80 times more than the original fee requested of him.
Regan Senior, of Milton Road, Wokingham, was told to pay a similar fee (£670.80) at the same court last week.
Unlike the others listed above, he was actually caught short in Reading rather than Slough, albeit still on a Great Western train.
The 21-year-old should have paid £6.80 for his journey but will now pay a sum 98 times greater.
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