A 31-year-old man was sentenced to a three-year ban from all TTC property, including buses, streetcars and subway trains, in addition to a 63-day jail-term and three years probation for assault. The accused, Sean Duck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on December 6, 2011. The accused is known to police.
On the evening of Sun., Dec. 4, Duck was arrested by Toronto police after fleeing from a TTC bus on O’Connor Dr. He was challenging customers aboard the bus to a fight, as well as spitting at customers. When he was ordered to leave the bus by the Operator, the man spat on him and fled. The Operator called Transit Control and police were dispatched. He was arrested shortly after.
On average, two TTC employees are assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death.
The TTC’s Court Advocates work with Crown Attorneys and the Courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assault or threats against TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.