Youth worker says 2nd teen in Hannah Leflar case appreciates 'being forced to work on anger'

A community youth worker testified in court Wednesday that the second teen involved in Hannah Leflar's killing told her that one positive side of incarceration was being forced to work on anger management.

Worker testified that youth tended to 'gravitate towards the criminal' despite positive support systems

Hannah Leflar, 16, was found dead in a home in Regina on Jan. 12, 2015. (Facebook)

A community youth worker testified in court today that the second teen involved in Hannah Leflar's murder told her that one positive side of incarceration was being forced to work on anger management.

Elizabeth Christoffel testified Wednesday at the sentencing hearing for the youth. She drafted a pre-sentence report to help inform the court of his likelihood to reoffend. Her report shows a 36 per cent chance the youth would reoffend, but doesn't specify a likelihood of violent offences.

The youth pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February. The 19-year-old cannot be named because he was 16 at the time of the murder. 

The Crown is seeking an adult sentence for the youth. 

Christoffel said the teen spoke of feeling guilt and sadness. She said he told her "if he knew that taking his own life would bring back Hannah, he would do it."

However, she noted that the teen is doing the "bare minimum" when it comes to programming in the Regina's Paul Dojack youth facility, where he is being held.

Christoffel said there are areas of concern for the teen when it comes to considering his likelihood to reoffend.

One area of concern is his family life. Christoffel testified the teen is not satisfied with his relationship with his biological parents, and he described his early years as "hell" because he was abused by one person.

She said the youth had supports he could have turned to as a teen, but he tended to gravitate toward the criminal instead. The teen was invested and involved in Project Zombify — the plot Leflar's killer, Skylar Prockner, devised to harm or kill her and her new boyfriend.  

"He had an outlet for positive adults in his life who he did not reach out to," Christoffel said in court. 

She also testified that the teen had no criminal history and a strong educational and employment background. He did not abuse any substances, and he had limited indicators of anti-social behavioural patterns.

Christoffel reported there have been nine incidents identified involving the teen at the Dojack facility since he arrived there in January 2015. The defence said all incidents have been in relation to self-harm or "temper tantrums." 

Christoffel said the teen also seems to minimize his role in the murder and attempts to justify his behaviour by blaming peer pressure. She said that while the teen has acknowledged his involvement, staff at the facility reported he did not express guilt.

The sentencing hearing for the youth will continue Wednesday afternoon.

With files from CBC's Kendall Latimer