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Assaulting TTC employees means jail-time for two men

A court has jailed a man for a second time in two months for threatening to kill a TTC employee.

On Wednesday, April 4, after 20 days in custody for an incident in February at Broadview Station, Ryan Boyle, 26, plead guilty to threatening a TTC operator on Monday, March 26 at Victoria Park Station. Boyle received another 10 days in custody for the second incident, and two years probation. Conditions of his probation include not being on TTC vehicles or property while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.

On Thursday, April 5 in Old City Hall court, Ricky Mann, 32, plead guilty to two counts of assault. On Tuesday, March 20, outside Dupont Station, Mann boarded a TTC bus and demanded a free ride. When the driver refused to let him ride for free, he spat on the operator and grabbed his arm. A passenger stepped in to help the driver. Mann also spat on the passenger. During his bail hearing, Mann plead guilty to two counts of assault and received 30 days in jail.

On average, at least two TTC employees are assaulted every day. The assaults range from punching, slapping and spitting, to threatening 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 assaulting or threatening TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to restrict those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.