GWR paid hundreds of dollars in compensation by Wiltshire train fare scammers

Over the past week, many people have been fined for trying to cheat the rail system.

All of the defendants were arraigned at Swindon Magistrates’ Court to face a charge of traveling on the railway without paying a fare under section 5(3)(a) of the Act of 1889 on the regulation of railways.

People have been summoned from across the country after being arrested in Wiltshire.

UK train stations are warning passengers of the consequences of not paying the correct train fare and traveling without a ticket.

Here are some of the defendants who have been brought to justice for failing to pay for a train ticket.

Note: All cases were proven in the absence.

A teenager has been slapped with a fine after he was caught traveling on the railway without paying for his train ticket

Ethan Green, 18, from Shelly Green, Worthing was arrested at Swindon station on April 30 after failing to pay for a ticket worth £102.50.

The defendant was fined £440 and costs £180.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and compensation of £102.50 to GWR.

Izuchkwu Ijeze of Stirling Road, Bournemouth was fined after failing to pay for a train worth £154.85.

The accused was arrested at Westbury station on April 8.

He was later fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £180 and a victim fine surcharge of £34.

Ijeze was also asked to pay £154.85 to GWR as compensation for lost earnings.

A defendant’s refusal to pay for a train ticket proved costly after he was caught using the railway without paying.

Joseph Cotgrave of Guildford Road, Southport was arrested at Bradford-upon-Avon station on May 18 after failing to pay for a train ticket worth £5.30.

When he was fined at Swindon Magistrates Court, the bench ordered him to pay £440, 83 times the original fee.

He was also asked to pay court costs of £180 and a victim fine surcharge of £44.

GWR will also receive £5.30 compensation for lost earnings.

Hasebb Rahman from St Thomas, Bristol was hit with a fine after being arrested at Chippenham station on May 7.

The defendant should have paid for a train ticket worth £156.55 but failed to do so.

As a result, the defendant was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £180 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Rahman was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and £156.55 in compensation to Great Western Railway.

Lauren Saunders of Burtons Place, Cwmbran was penalized after deciding not to pay for a train ticket.

The accused was arrested at Westbury station on March 23, after failing to pay for a train ticket worth £32.20.

She was fined £440 by the magistrates and ordered to pay costs of £180.

The bench told Saunders to pay compensation of £32.20 as well as a victim surcharge of £44.

Zuber Omar Haji Mahmoud of Connaught Road has been fined after deciding not to pay for a train ticket.

Mahmoud was arrested at Swindon station on May 5, after failing to pay for a £112.80 train fare.

The defendant was fined £440 and costs £180.

He was also required to pay Great Western Railway compensation of £112.80 plus a victim fine surcharge of £44.

Passengers on trains from Swindon have also been fined hundreds of pounds after they were caught traveling without valid tickets across the country.

This proved to be a costly mistake for the defendants, who now have to pay far more than just the price of a ticket.

Junior Mitchell of Brunel Crescent tried to avoid paying £61.60 at London Paddington on April 27.

The 20-year-old was fined £220 and must pay £61 in compensation plus £180 in legal costs as well as £34 to fund victim services – £495 in total.

Vanessa Dourado, of Newport Street, entered a train at London Paddington on May 9 without having a valid ticket.

The 27-year-old was fined £220 and ordered to pay £31.60 in compensation, £150 in court costs and £34 to fund victim services, making a total of £435.60 .

Akinola Solanke-Caulker traveled from London Paddington on April 5 without paying the £151.20 fare.

The 32-year-old is to pay £151 in compensation as well as a £3,220 fine, £180 in court costs and £34 to fund victim services – £585 in total.

The cases were heard at Central London Magistrates’ Court earlier this month, and the charges were proven in the absence of the passengers.

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