Igor Kenk has plead guilty to bike theft and drug possession. Here's the detail: he's plead guilty to just 10 bikes out of the original 48 that he was charged with by the Crown to keep the court case manageable. Charges against his wife Jeanie Chung were dropped. Igor has only 4 months left to serve of this sentence, but still has to face separate assault charges. There's no word yet on when the 2200 bicycles will be auctioned off.
Dressed in gray jeans and sweater, his long hair and beard disheveled, Igor Kenk, 50, stood in provincial court at Old City Hall and admitted 10 counts of possession of stolen property – 10 bicycles worth under $5,000.
He also pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of cocaine and one of marijuana.
He declined Justice Kathleen Caldwell's invitation to make a statement.
He must now serve an additional four months in jail on top of the time he has already spent in pretrial custody. The total sentence was 30 months.
According an agreed statement of facts, on July 16, 2008 police witnessed a man called Jean Laveau cut a bike free from its lock with bolt cutters and take it to Kenk, who reached into a fanny pack to retrieve some cash, which he gave to Laveau.
Laveau then walked to another locked bike, again cutting it free.
Police arrested Kenk and Laveau.
On July 17, a confidential informant told police that he had stolen bicycles for Kenk, who would pay for them with cash or a small quantity of crack cocaine.
The informant knew of others who had stolen bikes at Kenk's direction and had been paid in the same manner.
As a result, police executed warrants of his Queen St. W. bike shop, his home in Yorkville and 10 rented premises, where they found about 3,000 bicycles.
In addition to the bicycles, the warrants resulted in the seizure of about seven kilograms of marijuana and several ounces of cocaine.
In total, Kenk faced almost about 70 theft- and drug-related charges following the raids.
Police subsequently put several thousand of the bikes on display at several locations across the city and invited their owners to claim them. As a result, 582 were returned.
Kenk was released on bail, but was taken back into custody after being charged with assaulting two people in December 2008.
His trial on those charges resumes Friday.
Laveau earlier pleaded guilty to two charges: theft under $5,000 and possession of burglary tools and was sentenced to 14 days.
Chilled (not verified)
When is the deportationTue, 12/15/2009 - 23:18
When is the deportation hearing? I'd like to attend.
Admiral Kirk (not verified)
Hear, hearWed, 12/16/2009 - 01:18
We'll imprison him into the hold of the nearest tall-ship bound for the Austral Asian colonies, under penalty of death if he dare set foot on English soil again.
The Big PaybackWed, 12/16/2009 - 11:03
What do you do when Toronto's most infamous cycling icon is a convicted bike thief? You offer him the opportunity to redeem himself of course!
I think there is real potential to turn this whole thing around, and I challenge the people in the cycling community in Toronto to realize the value of recovery.
I propose we forgive and move forward with the extended offer to Igor to give back to those he took so much from. Serving as a deterrent to bike theft, volunteering at the bike union, or training people to repair bikes, there are a number of angles to pursue.
Look past the anger and resentment and I think you will see the opportunity to serve in the best interest of cycling on Toronto!
Let's not waste more time on Igor...Wed, 12/16/2009 - 15:32
...as our judicial system has done the best it could. And he doesn't give a hoot what we think of him anyways. But we should not forget the root causes why this thievery was possible over so many years:
Goober McFly (not verified)
Justice?Thu, 12/17/2009 - 02:10
Igor the bicycle thief is doing all this time while awaiting trial, Michael Bryant the killer will never know the clang of a prison door.
Davy (not verified)
JusticeTue, 12/22/2009 - 19:35
You should check your facts, Goober. Kenk faced multiple charges of theft, assault and drug possession. Bryant faces two charges, either one of which carries a minimum three year prison sentence. Your cynicism in the justice system is probably based on misunderstanding. You should inform yourself before broadcasting your opinion, and abstain completely from predictions.
captain obvious (not verified)
DavyTue, 12/22/2009 - 22:15
You should restrain yourself in the same manner, just because Bryant is charged doesn't mean he can't beat the rap(he has already entered a plea of not-guilty on all counts).
Justice has two tiers for those who can afford the superior lawyer and for those who can't they're working on chance alone... what you think that is cynicism? Naive aren't you.
We'll see if Bryant ever sees a real prison, there are many well connected people working hard to prevent justice for Darcy and the rest of society.
Davy (not verified)
JusticeMon, 01/11/2010 - 12:48
I should "restrain myself in the same manner"? I think you must be referring to my advice to Goober to abstain from making predictions. Have I made any predictions?
You're wrong; I'm not naive. I have clerked in a law office, so I'd wager you're naivite, Captain Obvious, is the greater.
Certainly if you believe that permitting people charged with crime to defend themselves to the best of their ability is "prevent[ing] justice", then you have given the matter very little thought (or you lack the faculties to have done so productively).
Deep EndMon, 01/11/2010 - 13:34
Let's not plunge into speculation as far as Bryant is concerned. Save that energy for the right time - like when he actually goes to court, or when the verdict is handed down. I'm not sure if I'll be raising a glass or my fists when that happens, but it will be one or the other.
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