Prolific offender Ronald Teneycke has been issued another court order not to contact Wayne Belleville from Oliver, the man he shot in the back in 2015.
Teneycke appeared via video conference in Penticton court today to answer to a charge that he contravened a court order to not communicate with Belleville.
Teneycke recently sent Belleville a Christmas card letter from Kent prison in Agassiz. The “dangerous offender” is serving an indefinite jail sentence after he was captured by police following a crime spree in the summer of 2015. During the manhunt, Tenecyke shot Belleville while hitchhiking in a remote area near Oliver. The man was running away from the offender when the bullet ruptured his spleen.
In the letter, Teneycke invites Belleville to visit him at Kent so he can find closure. While he admits he was disappointed with himself for shooting the man, Teneycke later expresses no empathy for the victim, saying Belleville’s actions resulted in him being shot.
Belleville said he was very troubled after receiving the letter, noting that he called the correctional centre to lodge a complaint. A representative of the prison apologized for what happened and said it would not occur again.
But when the Oliver Chronicle contacted the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), it wouldn’t comment on the case. It would only say they have the authority to intercept inmate communications when safety of the public or the institution is at risk.
Steve Arstad, reporter for iNFOnews.ca, said Teneycke was “flippant” in court today, saying he didn’t know what he was being charged with.
At one point, Teneycke cheerfully challenged the court to “better come get me.”
Judge M. Daneliuk gave Teneycke three weeks to get a lawyer to address the charge. He was also issued another order not to contact Belleville again.