The young offender who killed Delta teenager Laura Szendrei in 2010 is expected to find out this week whether he will be sentenced as an adult or as a teenager.

The man, whose name cannot be released, was just 17 years old when he killed Szendrei in broad daylight in Delta's Mackie Park. He was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last year.

The court heard on Monday that Szendrei's killer was bullied in school, but there was nothing else untoward in his upbringing.

The man, who sat with his head down in the prisoner's box, was described as shy, quiet, calm and a hard worker, and denies experimenting with drugs other than alcohol.

But the most graphic report was based on seven hours of psychiatric interviews in which the man told two psychiatrists there were three other sexual attacks on women in Burns Bog in the months leading up to the attack on Szendrei. Charges were never laid.


Laura Szendrei, 15, was attacked in broad daylight in Mackie Park in Delta, B.C., in September 2010 and died later in hospital. (Family photo)

The man said he had planned to take off Szendrei's clothes and rape her, but when he tried to restrain her around the neck with straps, she "freaked out."

The man clubbed Szendrei with a metal pipe and she died a short time later.

The court also heard the man described himself as depressed and suicidal after he killed Szendrei.

If sentenced as an adult, he'll receive an automatic life sentence with parole eligibility to be determined by a judge. If sentenced as an adult, his name will also become public.

If sentenced as a youth, he will have to serve seven years, with a maximum of four years in prison and the remainder to be served in the community.