By Lyonel Doherty
To say the wheels of justice turn slowly in this country is a gross understatement.
But at least they grind.
These are the words of a man who was nearly killed by Ronald Teneycke more than two years ago as he ran for dear life before taking a bullet in the back.
The fact it took this long to designate the convicted rapist as a dangerous offender boggles the mind.
What was the court waiting for, a rehabilitation miracle?
We’re all for giving people chances to clean up their act, but that didn’t seem to be a priority for Teneycke. He was becoming habituated to prison. Committing crimes and walking the treadmill to jail was a way of life that became a hard cycle to break. But he could have changed if he really wanted to.
He was reportedly offered treatment but didn’t take that seriously.
The judge in last week’s dangerous offender hearing cited Teneycke’s very disturbing and chaotic upbringing as a child. While this is normally taken into consideration for sentencing, it wasn’t in this case due to the serious nature of the application.
The fact is the courts have shown more than enough leniency for Teneycke’s past deeds, which included assault causing bodily harm, robbery, uttering threats, possessing explosives, sexual assault and possessing drugs.
He destroyed lives and kept communities in a stranglehold of fear, yet the justice system kept giving him get-out-of-jail free cards. And if he landed on your property during the next roll of the dice, too bad for you.
How ironic it was that first responders and paramedics rushed to his aid during medical emergencies. They knew who he was and what he had done, yet they still treated him with professional courtesy and respect. They were there in his time of need, yet he continued to commit offences in their communities.
Victims like Wayne Belleville and the women who Teneycke mistreated can breathe a collective sigh and hopefully start to heal wounds that never closed.
They really should not have been allowed to fester this long. Time is their friend now.