On the afternoon of Feb. 11 at a downtown subway station, a Toronto Transit Commission janitor observed a male panhandling in an aggressive manner – he was grabbing at customers, trying to pull them aside. The janitor approached the man and asked him to stop, advising him that police had been called. The panhandler chased the janitor into the Collector Booth and threatened to kill her. He also threatened to come back and kill the Station Collector.
Toronto police and TTC Transit Enforcement Officers arrived on the scene and arrested the man, charging him with two counts of threatening death.
Munir Hudani, aged 27, pleaded guilty today in College Park court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. During his 18-month probation period, he is not permitted in the station where the incident occurred and is not allowed on TTC vehicles or property while under the influence of non-prescription drugs or alcohol.
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.