Prolific offender Teneycke going back behind bars

A prolific offender living in the South Okanagan is returning to jail after his sentence was suspended due to health issues.

A prolific offender living in the South Okanagan is returning to jail after his sentence was suspended due to health issues.

A thin-looking Ronald Arthur Teneycke appeared at the Penticton Courthouse briefly with what looked similar to a dialysis machine in a satchel on his hip.

Teneycke pleaded guilty to his most recent charges of making or possessing explosives and possessing a weapon contrary to a court order. The 52-year-old was sentenced on April 9 to time served since his Jan. 22 arrest as well as an additional 90 days, a lifetime firearm ban and three years probation.

A court order was then made on April 30 by Judge Greg Koturbash to change the start date of Teneycke’s intermittent  (served on weekends) sentence due to health issues. The probation officer submitted an application asking to move the start date to June 5, but Teneycke expressed his desire to have his sentence begin on June 22.

“It’s closer to having this machine removed from my body,” Teneycke said.

When exactly his sentence will start will be determined when the application is before the court on May 25.

Teneycke spent 12 years in federal prison, most of those related to being found guilty of a sexual assault with a weapon on a 17-year-old female. Since his release in 2007, Teneycke has returned to jail several times for breaches of probation and in 2013 was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine.