Man rages over fine Merseyrail ‘joke’ after being caught with wrong ticket – fr

Man rages over fine Merseyrail ‘joke’ after being caught with wrong ticket – fr

A man who boarded a Merseyrail train with the wrong ticket has now been ordered to pay almost sixty times his fare.
Patrick St John Murphy’s case was heard at Sefton Magistrates Court yesterday

The 28-year-old, from Knowsley Road, Aigburth, was traveling on the Wirral line on September 29, 2019, when a train guard asked to see his ticket.

He produced a Day Saver pass that was not valid for the region he was traveling to, and when staff challenged him he said he had become “verbally abusive”.

The court heard that the British Transport Police had been called, but their assistance was not needed.

Mr. Murphy denied this, telling the court, “This is a joke. I was pissed off, yes, but not abusive. “

Staff were initially going to fine him £ 60 but following the altercation he was given a notice of a fixed penalty of £ 125.

Mr Murphy told the court he did not receive the letter telling him how to pay his fine because it was sent to his next door neighbor. He showed the magistrates the letter with the incorrect address.

However, Michelle McLachlan, prosecuting, said that Mr. Murphy had already broken Merseyrail regulations and that all correspondence had gone to that same address and that he had received it and acted on it.

She also said Merseyrail would never send letters to the address provided to train officers.

The magistrates ordered Mr Murphy to pay costs of £ 200, as well as compensation of £ 4.10 for the cost of the trip.

They also handed him a victim fine surcharge of £ 34.

Mr Murphy said he had been out of work for some time due to the pandemic and called the result a ‘mess’.

Magistrate Ms. Shepherd told him, “The court costs and the victim fine surcharge are beyond my charge. The result here could have been much worse. “

Speaking to ECHO’s outside court, Mr Murphy said he believed he should have been offered the option of paying the initial amount.

Some 26 others were due to appear in court for lawsuits against Merseyrail yesterday. Many of them did not come.

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Carl Spencer, of Capricorn Way, Bootle, failed to produce a valid ticket at Waterloo Station on May 6, 2020.

He had traveled from Bootle New Strand to Birkdale.

Mr Spencer told the court he did not want to queue for tickets because he was afraid of standing near people and catching Covid.

He was fined £ 240.10.

Helen Dawson, of Atherton Street, Wallasey, was charged with not having a valid ticket while traveling to Hamilton Square station on October 31, 2019.

The court heard that she produced an invalid Walrus card when approached by Merseyrail staff.

She pleaded not guilty and told the court that she “would never buy a ticket” and that she does not have a Walrus card.

Ms Dawson said: “Someone must have given my details, maybe they heard when I gave them over the phone. “

The trial date has been set for June 28.

A woman appeared to protest a fine she received for not having a valid ticket on February 20, 2020.

She told the court that she was at work that day and therefore could not be on a train.

The Merseyrail lawsuit confirmed there were “false details” and the case was withdrawn.

Suzanne Grant, Commercial Director of Merseyrail, told ECHO: “One of the things our passengers tell us is important to them is that everyone who travels on Merseyrail has paid the right fare or is a holder of the good ticket.

“To ensure this, we apply a penalty pricing system, with regular ticket checks carried out across our network.

“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we have strong arrangements in place to verify the identity of those arrested and mechanisms to prevent the provision of false details.

“All of our stations have Covid-19 security measures in place, including ground markings encouraging customers to stand at least 2m apart while waiting at docks and at offices. booking”.


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