Update:see previous posts – April 10, 2012 Threatening TTC Employees’ Sends Man to Jail for the Second Time, March 13, 2012 TTC: 49-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 50 Days in Jail for Spitting At Uniformed TTC Supervisor, February 27, 2012 The Gunman Who Shot the TTC Collector Has the Same MO in Previous TTC Hold-Ups, February 27, 2011 TTC Ticket Collector Shot In Attempted Robbery at Dupont Subway Station, February 26, 2012 Man Jailed for Threatening to Kill Toronto Transit Commission Drivers, 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 Sentenced 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
Two men received jail sentences in connection with two separate assaults on TTC employees.
On April 17, a TTC Route Supervisor was performing her duties at Bathurst and Lakeshore, when a male approached her and spat in her face and mouth for an unknown reason. Toronto Police were called to the scene, and the suspect was arrested.
Ian Merkley, 59, had been charged 18 times previously for violating TTC By-Law No. 1. On April 25, Merkley was sentenced to six days in jail on top of nine days already served, for a total of 15 days. He also received 18 months probation that includes a total ban from all TTC vehicles and premises.
In the second case, Arthur Ballard, 36, was sentenced to a total of 19 days in jail for an incident on April 17 in which a TTC streetcar driver was spat upon. Ballard was arrested by Toronto Police and was found to have four previous convictions for fare evasion under TTC By-Law No. 1.
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 to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assaulting TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.