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Six months in jail for threatening
TTC operator with death

A court has sent a man to jail for threatening a TTC bus operator with death after a fare dispute Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

After threatening the driver, the man fled from the bus. Toronto Police Service officers attended the scene and arrested the suspect a short distance away. Police also charged him with robbing a woman two days earlier in a separate incident.

Wayne McLaren, 48, pleaded guilty to the two charges and was sentenced to six months in jail and two years’probation.

On average, at least one TTC employee is 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.

The Government of Canada recently passed an amendment to the Criminal Code that allows judges to impose tougher penalties when sentencing those convicted of assaulting or threatening transit operators. Bill S-221, introduced by Senator Bob Runciman, received Royal Assent Wednesday, February 25. The law requires judges to consider assault on a transit operator, includes operators of buses, streetcars and subways, an aggravating factor when passing sentences.

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