Teneycke suing jail for mistreatment

Ronald Arthur Teneycke is claiming $25,000 in damages and in the claims he was “victimized by other offenders” while in custody at KRCC.

A prolific offender in the South Okanagan, currently facing charges related to a crime spree in July, has filed a lawsuit against the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre for allegations of mistreatment.

Ronald Arthur Teneycke, 52, is currently facing charges of aggravated assault, two counts of robbery with a restricted or prohibited firearm, possessing a restricted firearm, failing to stop for police and one count of wounding leading to a massive manhunt in July involving multiple emergency response teams.

In his notice of claim, filed at the Kamloops Court Registry on Nov. 18, Teneycke lists KRCC warden Evan Vike, and correctional supervisor Devin Pageau, claiming Pageau “used his position of authority” over Teneycke to “influence and control a situation” which  led to (Teneycke) being seriously physically harmed.

Teneycke is claiming $25,000 in damages and in the claim notes that he was “victimized by other offenders” while in custody at KRCC.

The notice of claim goes on to say that the alleged abuse of Teneycke between Aug. 25 and Sept. 18 resulted in two separate emergency surgeries at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The first operation, stated in the handwritten claim, took place on Aug. 27 due to “blunt force trauma” to Teneycke’s “abdominal area.”

The second alleged emergency surgery took place on Sept. 16 due to Teneycke “developing a sever(e) infection to his stoma [sic] resulting from Pageau using his position of authority to place (Teneycke) in a filthy area of the institution.”

Teneycke also claims that “video footage and medical records” will confirm the facts.

Vike and Pageau had few words in their reply to the notice of claim, filed on Dec. 11 in Kamloops.

“The defendants deny the allegations contained in the notice of claim and put the claimant to the strict proof thereof,” the reply states. “Wherefore the defendants submit that the claim against them be dismissed.”

Teneycke was sentenced to 90 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to making or possessing explosives and possessing a weapon contrary to a court order in April. An order was made on April 30 by Judge Greg Koturbash to change the start date of that sentence due to health issues.

Teneycke returned to court multiple times between April and June to delay the start date of his sentence, noticeably thin and during one appearance had what appeared to be a dialysis machine strapped to his waist.

“I’m not doubting you, you don’t look great,” Koturbash said during a court appearance in June.

Teneycke submitted multiple documents to the court, but Koturbash agreed with Crown counsel Kevin Fotty that the documentation outlined that Teneycke would be able to serve his weekend jail sentence while receiving proper medical attention.

A warrant was issued for Teneycke on July 7 after he failed to show up for his sentence.

Multiple police detachments and emergency response teams descended on the South Okanagan for a two-day manhunt resulting in Teneycke’s dramatic arrest involving multiple gunshots and helicopters landing in a Cawston orchard. Teneycke has been in custody since, and a publication ban was recently placed on all files relating to the July incidents.

Teneycke has spent 12 years in federal prison, most of which were served in relation to being found guilty in the sexual assault with a weapon of a 17-year-old female. Since his release in 2007, Teneycke has returned to jail multiple times for breaching probation and in 2013 was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine.

 

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