Prolific offender in Kelowna charged again while waiting for trial

Charged while out on bail

A long-time prolific offender in Rutland who was out on bail is facing more criminal charges.

Clayton Zeleniski was charged over the weekend with breaking and entering, assault with a weapon and breaching a release order, all stemming from an alleged incident on Saturday.

The charges are believed to be linked to a police investigation at a “problem house” on the 600 block of Gerstmar Road that began Sunday.

Zeleniski was living in the same home last February, when police executed a warrant at the home and found crystal methamphetamine and a variety of weapons. Zeleniski still has 10 outstanding charges from that investigation, but he's been living in the community after he was granted bail in March.

Despite several requests for comment on last weekend's investigation, the Kelowna RCMP has yet to provide any information about the incident, leaving neighbours in the dark.

Zeleniski was also scheduled to face trial in Kelowna's BC Supreme Court next week on a high-profile kidnapping case from February 2019, but charges in that case appear to have been stayed by the Crown before the matter made it to trial. 

While Zeleniski was facing charges of kidnapping, robbery, unlawful confinement and assault causing bodily harm, BC Prosecution Service spokesperson Dan McLaughlin says those charges appear to have been stayed by the Crown last fall. Castanet will have more information on that matter when it's available. 

After Zeleniski's most recent arrest, he remains in custody, and the Crown is applying to have his previous bail revoked.

Zeleniski is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm for a 2016 incident on Hein Road, where a man was shot and beaten with a sledgehammer. He was sentenced to 253 days of time served.

He has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1995, including a number of violent offences.

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