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Two-year sentence for punching Surrey bus driver in face

Sean Quaye was sentenced Thursday (Sept. 4) to two years jail for an unprovoked attack on a Surrey bus driver in March 2014. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm earlier in the day. - Felicity Don illustration
Sean Quaye was sentenced Thursday (Sept. 4) to two years jail for an unprovoked attack on a Surrey bus driver in March 2014. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm earlier in the day.
— image credit: Felicity Don illustration

A man who attacked a bus driver in Surrey in March has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Sean Tyler Quaye, 25, was arrested and charged in April, about two weeks after a Coast Mountain bus driver reported being punched in the face while driving his route near 72 Avenue and 132 Street. Quaye was driving a stolen car in Newton at the time of his arrest and police said he was known to them.

On Thursday (Sept. 4) in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, just over an hour into witness testimony, Quaye pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. He had originally pleaded not guilty.

Quaye and a woman got on the Surrey bus on March 26. They couldn't pay the fare, but the driver allowed them to board anyways.

The transit driver was proceeding down 72 Avenue with others on board when, without warning, Quaye got up and punched him in the face, breaking the driver's nose. The driver was able to safely pull over, but Quaye fled.

Quaye was also sentenced to three years probation, during which time he's not allowed on public transit.

The sentence was what Crown prosecutors had recommended.

- with files from CTV

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