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Court sentences man to five days in jail
and bans him from riding TTC vehicles late evenings

A Toronto court has sentenced a 30-year-old man to five days in jail, after he plead guilty to threatening to harm a TTC operator. Alistair Bandoo also received one year probation, including a ban from using the TTC between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., seven days a week.

On Tuesday, November 27, Bandoo caused a disturbance and bothered passengers on board a TTC bus operating along Eglinton Avenue West. The driver asked Bandoo to stop or he would ask that he leave the bus. Bandoo approached the operator, put his hand in his coat and stated he had a gun, threatening to shoot the operator. Toronto police were called and officers arrested and charged Bandoo with threatening bodily harm. He was sentenced on Thursday, November 30.

On average, passengers and others assault two TTC employees every day. The attacks 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. The advocates continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.