One half of a father-son duo, known as the “Junction bully” for terrorizing his neighbours, was slapped with a 48-day jail sentence and three years’ probation Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Old City Hall.
Ralph Scala, 40, pleaded guilty to 21 counts – the most recent of a decades-long campaign of abuse on his Quebec Avenue-area neighbourhood. The judge ordered Scala to stay at least 500 metres away from 28 neighbours, who have been named, at all times while remaining outside the boundaries of St. Clair Avenue West and Lake Shore Boulevard from Jane Street to Lansdowne Avenue.
Despite these restrictions, Scala’s victims feel little comfort. They endured years of abuse, including slashed tires, rocks thrown through windows and flooded lawns.
Angelo Bolotta, whose 80-year-old mother-in-law lived next to the Scalas before she passed away in 2011, said he still wasn’t happy.
“I see no evidence of remorse,” he said.
Meanwhile, the elder Scala, Felice, was acquitted of six charges for breaching a bail order last week. He sat in the front row for his son’s court appearance.
– Torstar News Service