January 5, 2012

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 21 days in jail, and banned from the TTC between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., for assaulting a TTC uniformed supervisor.

On Dec. 29, just after midnight, a TTC supervisor was called to the Long Branch Loop to check on the well-being of a man who had passed out on a streetcar. When the male was woken up he was found to be in possession of a half bottle of liquor. He was asked to leave the vehicle.

Once off the streetcar, the man attempted to re-enter, spitting in the face of the supervisor. He continued to spit at the supervisor from the sidewalk. The man was arrested by Toronto Police on the scene and charged with assault.

On the morning of Dec. 29, at his bail hearing, 19-year-old Emmanuel Yihun entered a guilty plea to the assault charge. He also received 18-months probation, and a ban from being on the TTC with any alcohol or illegal drugs in his system.

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.

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