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To the Presiding MagistrateParramatta Local Court
I am very sorry for the offence before the court.
On 26 June 2014, I was travelling home from TAFE. I took the 5.14pm western line train from Central Station to Harris Park Station, as I do every day. I arrived at Harris Park at about 5:44pm. When I was about to go through the gates to leave the station, I looked in my bag for my ticket. I was emptying my bag when the Transit Officers approached me. The first officer asked me for my ticket. I explained to him that I couldn't find my ticket, but I had purchased a weekly ticket on Monday morning as I do every week. The second officer said it was an offence to travel on the train without a ticket. I tried to explain that I had bought a ticket and that I would never travel without a ticket.
The transit officers said there was nothing they could do and issued me with a fine for $200.00 for "Travelling without a valid ticket".
I am currently doing a Diploma of Hospitality Management at Ultimo TAFE. I am in my 2
nd year, and have one more year to go.
I am not currently working and am receiving Youth Allowance. I receive $388.70 per fortnight. From this money I pay $37.00 per fortnight for my train ticket, $160.00 per fortnight for rent and $49.00 for my prepaid mobile. I am left with approximately $141.00 per fortnight for food, my bills and spending. I do not have any assets. My liabilities include: rent, TAFE fees, and a credit card with a balance of approximately $500.00.
I have never been in trouble with the police or any transit officers, and I have never been to court.
I have been involved with a local youth group in my area for about 2 years. We take part in fundraisers and every Easter and Christmas we help out at a homeless shelter by serving food.
I do not know what happened to my ticket and I accept that I should have been able to produce it when the transit officer asked to see it. I would never have intentionally travelled without a valid ticket.
I ask that the court consider the circumstances of the offence, my financial situation and my clear record and show leniency by waiving the fine.
Radha J. Das