A year after Igor Kenk’s notorious West Queen West bicycle repair shop was raided, there is no sign of a trial for the alleged bike thief, suggesting difficulties faced by the Crown in a case with substantial amounts of evidence to process.
It’s been a year since The Bicycle Clinic was targeted in a police sting that uncovered 2,865 bikes in garages and warehouses throughout the city. The eccentric 49-year-old repair man, a former police officer from Slovenia, was hit with 58 charges relating to bike theft and 22 charges relating to drugs. About $70,000 worth of marijuana and cocaine was allegedly found in the rented Yorkville house Mr. Kenk shared with classical pianist Jeanie Chung, who also faces drug charges.
A year after last summer’s ordeal, no trial dates have been scheduled. The Attorney General of Ontario says a pre-trial hearing for Mr. Kenk’s theft and drug charges is set for next week. But Lon Rose, defence lawyer for Mr. Kenk, says he expects the matter to be adjourned, although he is not sure until when. “We’re going back in a couple of weeks and nothing is going to happen,” he said. “There have been some disclosure issues. Materials we’ve been expecting to receive from the Crown have taken longer than expected, and that’s frustrating.”
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