High-risk offender misses bail hearing

Health issues are once again plaguing a prolific offender in the South Okanagan who was the subject of a large manhunt in July.

Health issues are once again plaguing a prolific offender in the South Okanagan who was the subject of a large manhunt in July.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke was not able to appear via video for his bail hearing at the Penticton courthouse on Aug. 26. Teneycke argued for months to put off an intermittent weekend jail sentence handed down in April due to health issues after previously pleading guilty to  making or possessing explosives and possessing a weapon contrary to a court order.

After Judge Greg Koturbash found there was not enough evidence to support Teneycke’s claim that he was unfit to serve his 90-day sentence, Teneycke failed to show up to serve time in June. Teneycke argued that discussions with mental health workers led them to believe serving jail time would deteriorate his situation.

“The potential harm that this could have, not just for myself, but for the community,” Teneycke told the court in June. “I’m already considered to be high-risk.”

Those words predate the litany of charges Teneycke now faces relating to multiple incidents in the Oliver area which sparked a manhunt ending in Teneycke’s dramatic arrest in a Cawston orchard July 23.

Teneycke now faces charges of aggravated assault, wounding, two counts of robbery with a restricted or prohibited firearm, possessing a restricted firearm, failing to stop for police and multiple breaches of probation.