November 21, 2011

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 36 days in jail last Friday for assault and failing to comply with conditions of his probation order.

On November 13, a TTC bus Operator was involved in a fare dispute.  T he suspect poured the contents of a water bottle over the Operator’s head and pushed him.  Toronto Police arrested the suspect a short time later.

Taiseer Abubakar, 20, pleaded guilty to all charges. As well as the 36 day jail sentence, Abubakar was ordered to stay away from the Operator.

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 on TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.

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