Train fare dodger was running late for a court appearance

A MOTHER of four skipped paying a train fare because she was running late for a court appearance.

In doing so though, Sandra Elizabeth Hall, was made to attend Ipswich Court again - this time to plead guilty to a fare evasion charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said police had busted Hall as they performed patrols on the Ipswich line on September 24 about 10.15am.

She told police she was running late for an emergency meeting and didn't have time to buy a ticket.

Defence lawyer Cameron Hodges said Hall's meeting referred to a court case which his client had been subpoenaed to give evidence at.

Mr Hodges said the 33-year-old was a disability pensioner with four children and now had a Go Card.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said fare evasion was not a minor offence and that people could be jailed for it.

However on this occasion, Hall was convicted and fined $200.



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