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'Beast of Rutland' facing long list of charges in wake of Kelowna murder trial

July 17, 2019 - 6:30 AM

KELOWNA - A key witness in a high profile Kelowna murder trial is now dealing with his own legal woes.

Elrich Dyck’s name was continually mentioned during the Chris Ausman murder trial because he was with convicted killer Steven Pirko on the night of the fatal fight. In fact, he was one who started the fight according to testimony from Pirko. He never faced any charges from the events of Jan. 25, 2014.

Now, however, the man who was said to have the nickname "Beast of Rutland" has a lot more to deal with.

Dyck is facing a long list of criminal charges from the years that followed the high profile murder case.

He's currently charged with a breach of a probation order for an incident on Dec. 31, 2018.

For incidents in April, he faces charges of theft under $5,000 and possession of a controlled substance.

Not long after, he was charged with theft under $5,000 for a May 29 incident, and theft of $5,000 or under for a May 8 incident. 

Shortly thereafter he accrued charges of uttering threats for an issue on June 5, and assault and theft under $5,000 for something that happened June 3.

Dyck will be back in court on July 29 as these matters start to make their way through the courts.

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