Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Court Told Spurned Killer Hatched Plot to Attack Teen Girl and Her New Boyfriend

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Court Told Spurned Killer Hatched Plot to Attack Teen Girl and Her New Boyfriend

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Court told killer hatched plot for attack

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REGINA - A sentencing hearing for a youth who stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death has been told that the day before the murder, he found photos of Hannah Leflar and her newest boyfriend on her Facebook page.

An agreed statement of facts made public by the court says the youth had been in a relationship with Leflar and had trouble with their break-up.

When she started dating a different boy, the spurned youth hatched a plan he called "Project Zombify" to recruit friends to help him attack the couple with bats and knives.

The target would be the new boyfriend, but the youth was prepared to consider Leflar "collateral damage" if she tried to interfere.

That attack never took place because Leflar and the boyfriend broke up, but the youth kept tabs on her by creating a dummy Facebook account to monitor her posts.

When he saw she had a new boyfriend, the youth hid outside her house and waited for her to walk home from school, then followed her inside and stabbed her to death with a hunting knife.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Leflar in January 2015, when he was 16 years old.

The Crown is arguing before Justice Jennifer Pritchard that he should be sentenced as an adult while the defence is arguing for a lighter sentence, with a focus on rehabilitation. …

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