Thank you for your patience.
I do fully understand your view of this. These companies are deplorable.
However, come what may, I'm afraid you were travelling in a first class carriage without a ticket. Or at least that is at what I presume you are saying.
I do understand that it isn't fair but I'm afraid the fact remains.
Nobody can make you plead guilty say. Of course you can take this to court if you want so but you don't have a defence Im afraid.
in those circumstances it is generally better to plead guilty early.
If you are intent though then you can find this.
If you win then you would have a claim for the cost that you actually suffered.
If you lose though you would have to pay their costs although they are not ruinous
Can I clarify anything for you?