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Man jailed for assaulting TTC worker



A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 36 days in jail last Friday, November 18 for assault and failing to comply with conditions of his probation order.

On November 13, the suspect was involved in a fare dispute with a TTC bus operator. The suspect poured the contents of a water bottle over the driver’s head and pushed him. Toronto Police Service officers arrested the suspect shortly afterwards.

Taiseer Abubakar, 20, pleaded guilty to all charges. As well as the 36-day jail sentence, Abubakar was ordered to stay away from the operator.

On average, members of the public assault two TTC employees 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 TTC employees. The penalties may include limiting when those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.

Earlier this month, another man was sentenced to 45 days in jail for assaulting another TTC driver.