March 27, 2014 - 9:24 AM
PENTICTON — An Okanagan Falls man with a long, serious criminal record and history of breaching court orders plead not guilty to the latest charges made against him after he was denied bail Tuesday.
Clad in a red prison uniform, long hair behind his shoulders, Ronald Teneycke appeared in a Penticton courtroom via video conference for his bail hearing today (March 25). Teneycke, born in 1962, is well known in the courthouse and becoming more well known in the community for a growing list of crimes and accusations.
He faces several new charges including dangerous operation of a vehicle, flight from peace officer and breach of probation from March 12 and 13.
Judge Gale Sinclair said he’s known Teneycke “quite some time.”
“I have given him some breaks,” Sinclair said. “I am concerned for him, but more so for the public.”
According to his bail hearing today, Teneycke again drew police attention on an assault allegation, harassment complaints from family of an old cell-mate and from Teneycke’s biological daughter who said he was calling her and threatening to kill himself. Police found him March 12, but say he fled in his truck. They found him again the following day and again he tried to evade, police allege.
Eventually, he was stopped and arrested, and police say they found two hatchets, a knife, marijuana and what they believe are ecstasy and other pills in his vehicle. Teneycke said they were prescription drugs. He has been in custody at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre since.
Teneycke's lawyer, Michael Welsh, said police had no reason to pursue him. Teneycke's sister, Linda Walker, said outside court police follow her brother around Okanagan Falls and find reasons to arrest him.
She said he was mourning his mother’s death, driving around Okanagan Falls and fled from plain-clothed police. Teneycke appeared thin and gaunt in court. Walker says he has developed a nervous condition.
“They make him out to be such a bad person and he’s not,” Walker said, with tears in her eyes.
Teneycke has a long list of convictions -- a criminal record Crown counsel called “absolutely atrocious.”
He first served a sentence in 1987, and was convicted of sexual assault while he was in prison. That offence added a year to his five-year sentence. Over the years he has been arrested and convicted of numerous probation breaches, uttering threats and fleeing from police.
He was held in custody for 14 months between 2010 and 2013, and was put on his probation after he was released this winter. Four weeks later police got more complaints about Teneycke, and six weeks after that he was arrested and charged.
The case has been adjourned to a later date when a trial date will be set for several of the charges.
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— A correction was made at 12:01 p.m. March 26 to clarify that Teneycke was denied bail March 25. Also edited to include information from March 26 hearing.
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