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Jail sentence for assaulting TTC employee

A Toronto court recently sentenced a local man to jail, after he assaulted a TTC bus driver.

A man aboard a TTC bus at Kennedy Station Saturday, August 25, was unhappy with the bus routing. After receiving directions from the driver, he became angry and spat in the bus operators’ face. The man fled the scene, but Toronto Police Service officers arrested him a short time later.

Gary Oke, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault Wednesday, August 29 and he was sentenced to 75 days in jail.

On average, at least two TTC employees are assaulted 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 or threatening TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to restrict those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.

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