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Man spending 45 days in jail for assaulting TTC employee

A 29-year-old man will spend 45 days in jail for breaching probation and uttering death threats against a TTC employee.

Last Tuesday, November 8, a TTC employee was traveling to work, passing through Finch Station. The employee saw the man smoking in a non-smoking area. The employee asked the man to extinguish the cigarette, but he refused. He then threatened the employee, stating, “You have three seconds to get out of my face or I’ll get my gun and shoot you in the face.” The accused then reached inside his backpack.

Fearing for his safety, the employee fled and contacted transit control. Afterwards, TTC transit enforcement officers and members of the Toronto Police Service arrested a man at Davisville Station for causing a disturbance on a subway train. Since the TTC employee had already clearly describe the man from the incident at Finch Station, police charged the man at Davisville with uttering a death threat and breaching probation. The police and the transit enforcement officers already knew the accused from previous incidents.

Sean Goss, 29, pleaded guilty to all charges last Wednesday, November 9 and the court immediately sentenced him to 45 days in jail.

On average, people assault two TTC employees every day. The crimes range from punching, slapping and spitting, to threatening harm or death. The TTC’s court advocates work with crown attorneys and the courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those the courts convict of assaulting TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to limit or prevent those whom the courts have convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.