Update: see previous posts – December 8, 2011 Man Prohibited From Using T.T.C Public Transit for 3 years, Sentenced to 63 Days in Jail After Assaulting Customers and Bus Operator, November 21, 2011 Man Sentence to 36 Days in Jail For Assault on T.T.C Operator, November 10, 2011 Man Sentenced to 45 days in Jail for Assault on T.T.C Employee
A 19-year-old Toronto man will spend three weeks in jail after spitting on a uniformed Toronto Transit Commission (“TTC”) supervisor.
Emmanuel Yihun passed out on a streetcar, shortly after midnight on Dec. 29, 2011. When the TTC supervisor arrived at the Long Branch loop and went to check on the man, he discovered a half bottle of liquor and Yihun was asked to leave.
Once on the street, Yihun attempted to re-enter and repeatedly spit in the face of the employee. Toronto police arrested him on scene and he was charged with assault.
Yihun pled guilty to the assault charge and received, in addition to jail time, 18-months probation and a nighttime ban (11 p.m. and 6 a.m.) from riding the TTC. He’s also banned from entering the TTC with any alcohol or illegal drugs in his system.
An average of two TTC employees are assaulted every day, ranging from spitting, punching and slapping to death threats and physical harm.
Public transit employees are often victims of violence from those that are under the influence of some substance. An Edmonton man who viciously attacked a city bus driver in 2009, has been declared a dangerous offender.