On Monday, January 28 a man boarded a TTC streetcar on Queen Street and demanded a free ride. The streetcar operator refused to allow the man to ride without paying a fare, so the man spat on the operator, verbally abused him and then fled the scene. Toronto Police Service officers arrested him a short distance away.
Today, Wednesday, March 14, the man, Salah Hussein, 56, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault. The court sentenced him to 45 days in jail and 18 months’ probation.
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.