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Teneycke belongs in prison for at least 10 years: Crown

Ronald Arthur Teneycke was back in Penticton court again today, Nov.27, 2017, as a hearing into dangerous offender status for him resumed.
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November 27, 2017 - 4:46 PM

PENTICTON - If one of the South Okanagan’s most prolific criminals isn’t designated a dangerous offender, worthy of an open-ended prison sentence, he has at least earned an extra 10 years in prison as a long-term offender, a Crown prosecutor argued today.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke was back before judge Richard Hewson today in Penticton Supreme Court to continue a lengthy dangerous offender hearing. Over several days already, the court has heard about many of Teneycke’s lengthy and serious criminal history spanning 37 criminal convictions over four decades. The hearing was adjourned earlier this year after defence lawyer Michael Welsh revealed Teneycke was diagnosed with cancer.

Teneycke has been in jail since July 23, 2015 when he was arrested for one of his most egregious crimes — the robbery of an Oliver convenience store when he shot Oliver resident Wayne Belleville, who simply offered Teneycke assistance when he encountered him on a logging road east of the community.

Crown Prosecutor Murray Kaay said Crown’s preference is to have the court place Teneycke in rare company as a dangerous offender, and sentenced to a correctional facility indefinitely.

“In the alternative if this court declines to find Mr. Teneycke a dangerous offender, Crown submits this matter be treated as an application for long term offender, and that your Honour make a long term supervision order for 10 years following sentencing,” Kaay said.

Kaay recited Teneycke’s lengthy criminal record dating back to 1981, noting the 54-year-old has spent much of his adult life in jail or in remand.

He also noted Teneycke’s numerous offences committed while under multiple court orders, his significant lack of remorse and pattern of blaming others, and the seriousness of his numerous crimes.

"Teneycke embodies the definition of a dangerous offender,” he told court.

Teneycke, hair and beard trimmed short, spent most of his time with his head bowed in the prisoner’s box.

Defence lawyer Michael Welsh presented the judge with a letter from the B.C. Cancer Agency and a collection of certificates Teneycke completed while in jail but his status as a patient wasn’t explained in court yet.

Welsh is expected to present his submissions tomorrow.

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