Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defence in Trial of Hannah Leflar's Killer Wants Client to Get into Rehab

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Defence in Trial of Hannah Leflar's Killer Wants Client to Get into Rehab

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Defence asks judge to order rehab for killer

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REGINA - A defence lawyer is arguing a decision to deny one of Hannah Leflar's killers entry to a rehabilitation program for violent young offenders should be reconsidered.

The 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of Leflar, his former girlfriend.

They were both 16 when he stabbed her to death in her home after months of stalking her.

His sentencing hearing has previously been told his application to the Intense Rehabilitation Custody Sentence program, for violent offenders with mental health issues, was denied in March.

On Thursday, defence lawyer James Struthers argued the process that resulted in the denial is "awful" and lacking in transparency, and asked the judge to force the program's director to reconsider the decision.

Justice Jennifer Pritchard hasn't made a decision yet, saying she wants time to carefully consider it. …

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