On January 28, a male boarded a TTC streetcar on Queen Street and demanded a free ride. The streetcar Operator refused to allow the free ride, at which time the male spat on the Operator, verbally abused him and fled the scene. He was arrested by Toronto Police a short distance away.
On March 14, Salah Hussein, 56, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault, and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, and 18 months’ probation.
The TTC would like to thank two members of the public who attended court as witnesses. Their assistance and concern for our staff is appreciated.
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 to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assaulting TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.