(Original post by travispickle)
Sorry to bring the thread back up but they finally replied (a company called transport investigations Ltd), in letter basically stating that they had "sufficient evidence to warrant prosecution", for a journey in which I showed no valid ticket.
They're basically asking for a statement with a handwritten signature which gives me the opportunity for any "mitigation" I wish to be considered, and it also says that their prosecutions team are considering whether to include me in a list of summons at the magistrates court.
Basically its asking for a statement but not really telling me what to include, so far I came up with:
"Regarding the incident on the 17/07/13 I would just like to reiterate that the ticket inspector on board the train sold us the tickets without us being fully informed and offered firstly to sell us the child ticket, I was not aware of the age boundary
especially as a full-time student which entitles me with certain transport options to travel under child fare, so I did not hesitate to accept which in hindsight may have been premature of me."
I was then going to say how I didn't believe this justified me being treated like a criminal at the gate (I was) and that I would be willing to pay the £20 penalty fare to avoid court?
Does anyone just have any advice on what to include or any other options?
Thanks a bunch!
Were you aware of the age boundary?
If it comes to court, or you are asked to be a witness at court proceedings against the ticket inspector for misconduct, you will have to tell a very convincing lie under cross-examination, and if you are lying and they find out you could face charges on attempting to pervert the course of justice. It's very
unlikely, but it's a risk, so personally I would be honest. If you were not aware of the age boundary, what you've said sounds fine (though I'm not a legal professional).
Before replying, I would also look for chat rooms dealing directly with train ticket fines (I know there are ones for parking fines), or seek other advice. It's not impossible they are trying to scare you into incriminating yourself.
This was your responsibility, not the ticket inspector's (unless you asked him the age limit and he lied, or you were genuinely not aware of it, though this won't hold much weight if you are 18), but it may help your case that he was unprofessional.