Serial fare evader gets one-way trip to jail

A SERIAL fare evader who was looking to get a free ride on the Ipswich line has instead got a free ride to jail.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court this week, Anthony Charles Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of fare evasion.

It was the 34th time he had been charged for trying to travel on public transport for free.

The 25-year-old had no excuse for why he did not have a ticket when police caught him riding the train in Booval on February 9.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove said Wilson's criminal history showed he had a disregard for the law.

"You seem to think you can do what you like, when you like it," Mr Cosgrove told the unemployed dad. "There are already 33 instances where you have been fined $200 or more for fare evasion.

"I'm sure you have paid very little of those fines, if any."

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Mr Cosgrove also noted Wilson was on a suspended sentence after he failed to comply with a probation order and a community service order before that.

In sentencing Wilson, Mr Cosgrove said there was a need for both personal deterrence and general deterrence.

"It seems to me, that nothing is going to deter you," he said. "People need to understand travelling on a train without paying the fare in an offence."

Wilson was sentenced to three months in jail and ordered to be released on parole in a month.

His three-month suspended sentence was also activated.

 


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