NEW WESTMINSTER â€” After hearing just an hour and a half of testimony from the first witness at his assault trial Thursday morning, Sean Quaye decided to change his plea.
Quaye admitted to assault causing bodily harm for a March attack on a bus driver in Surrey. He is expected to be sentenced Thursday afternoon in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.
According to the Crownâ€™s opening statement, Quaye and a young woman got on a bus travelling from Newton Exchange to Guildford Mall on the evening of March 26, 2014. They told the driver, Jagdeep Grewal, that they couldnâ€™t pay the fare and were allowed on the bus anyhow.
As Grewal drove about 40 km/h down 72nd Avenue with a busload of passengers, Quaye, without warning, punched Grewal in the face. Grewal was able to stop the bus safely and Quaye fled. Grewalâ€™s nose was broken in the attack.
After the plea, Grewal said outside court that Quaye made the right choice and should now go to jail.
â€œItâ€™s just common sense. You just canâ€™t walk away,â€ he said.
Grewal said stiffer sentences from the courts would make people like Quaye think twice before assaulting a bus driver.
â€œWe need the courts to take these things very seriously,â€ he said.