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Teen who killed Hannah Leflar deemed unfit for violent offender rehab program
Published Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:02AM CST
Last Updated Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:11PM CST
A teenaged boy who killed 16-year-old Hannah Leflar will not be entering a youth rehabilitation program for violent young offenders, his sentencing hearing heard Thursday.
The Intense Rehabilitation Custody Sentence (IRCS) program offers additional services to violent young offenders with mental health issues, in hopes of reducing the risk of future violence.
The provincial coordinator for the program testified Thursday that the boy was denied for multiple reasons, including his age and his lack of participation in programming already available to him at the Paul Dojack Centre.
Court also heard from IRCS probation officer Elizabeth Christoffel, who met with the teen six to eight times to assess his likelihood of reoffending.
In a report, she rated the boy as a medium risk for future offences.
Christoffel also cited concerns that the teen had issues with anger management, and that he didn’t seem to recognize the impact his crime had on others.
During cross examination, the defence questioned the methods used in the assessment, and pointed to examples of the teen being bullied in custody.
The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for the boy, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.
A second teenaged boy, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, is expected to be sentenced in September. He originally faced a charge of first-degree murder.