A WINCHESTER hospital consultant who boarded a train without paying has been fined a sum 17 times the cost of the ticket.

Michael Negus, 45, of Stockbridge Road, Fulflood, boarded a train at London Waterloo without a valid ticket on April 3, a court heard. The ticket should have cost £44.20.

He is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and also works at Sarum Road private hospital.

Lavender Hill Magistrates Court in south west London heard the case on Tuesday, October 10.

Negus was fined £220, ordered to pay compensation of £44.20, an £88 victim surcharge and prosecution costs of £400.

The penalties, totalling £752.20, must be paid by October 24.