Last Wednesday, October 17, a local court sentenced a man to 63 days in jail for threatening a TTC streetcar driver.
The man boarded a car operating along the 501 Queen route a week ago Sunday, October 14. He began cursing loudly, uttering sexual references to female customers. After the streetcar driver asked the passenger to stop, he broke a beer bottle and threatened to kill the driver with the bottle.
After the man left the streetcar, he then ran back up to it and tried to re-enter. The driver kept the doors closed to protect his passengers and himself. The man then proceeded to tear off the wiper blades.
Toronto Police Services officers from 22 Division arrested the man.
David Swan, 37, pleaded guilty to numerous charges, including assault. The court sentenced him to 63 days in jail and six months probation. It also restricted him from having any contact with the TTC driver.
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.