Editorial: Victims never given that kind of power

Editorial: Victims never given that kind of power

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Thought you heard the last of dangerous offender Ronald Teneycke?

Nope.

He’s in the spotlight again, courtesy of our (in)justice system.

First, federal prison officials allowed him to send a letter to shooting victim Wayne Belleville, giving no explanation as to why or how that was permitted.

Teneycke was subsequently sentenced to an additional nine months, which really makes no difference since he is serving an indefinite sentence anyway.

But wait, there’s more.

An administrative error occurred in Penticton court where officials discovered that Teneycke never entered a plea to the no-contact charge. As a result, they have to start the process over again from square one.

The judge already gave Teneycke nine months after he reportedly acknowledged in a letter to her that he didn’t comply with the order. So why spend more taxpayers’ money and re-victimize the victim? Because that’s what our system does – give more rights and concessions to the offenders than the victims.

Teneycke was ordered by the court not to have any contact with Belleville, but at one point during a recent hearing there was some question as to whether he was fully aware of that.

Being a career criminal, Teneycke is extremely well versed on court proceedings and no-contact orders.

This is the second time that Teneycke was permitted to send a letter to one of his victims while he was incarcerated. The first time was the proprietor of Eastside Grocery which Teneycke robbed in 2015.

Why does our (in)justice system continue to allow this man to pull the strings and manipulate everyone? You never see victims of crime doing that; they are not afforded this power.

The original, nine-month sentence should stand, and we shouldn’t waste any more of the court’s time on this matter.

Instead, faith in the system must be restored before it can be fixed.

By Lyonel Doherty

 

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