Posted: May 10, 2017 9:30 AM CTLast Updated: May 10, 2017 5:16 PM CT
Doctor says teen is among 4-5 young people he’s seen display such behaviour in 19 years
A child psychiatrist who met with Hannah Leflar’s killer multiple times testified the teen displays “psychopathic tendencies.”
Dr. Brent Harold was an expert witness called by the Crown during a sentencing hearing for the accused, which continued Wednesday.
The man, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was 16 when, in 2015, he stabbed Leflar to death. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last year.
The hearing will determine if the now-19-year-old man should be sentenced as an adult, as the Crown has requested.
- Hannah Leflar’s teenage killer driven by jealousy, court document reveals
- Long list of weapons found in Regina killer’s room detailed in court
- Hannah Leflar’s killer threatened to harm self if sentenced as adult, psychologist tells hearing
Harold last met with the accused two weeks ago.
Earlier the court had heard the accused was diagnosed with mild depression at age nine. Harold testified, though, that the teen is not clinically depressed.
Their first meeting was in summer 2015 to address concerns the teen was depressed. During that meeting, Harold prescribed the teen antidepressants, but he stopped taking his medications and his symptoms went away.
At a later meeting, the teen told Harold he’d been hearing voices and those voices ended shortly after Leflar’s murder. Harold said the accused does not have schizophrenia.
He later testified about the teen’s state of mind, saying he displays a lack of empathy and remorse, and demonstrates callousness.
Out of the more than 5,000 young people Harold has seen in his 19 years of practice, the teen is among the four or five who have displayed psychopathic tendencies, he said.
The sentencing hearing continues Thursday.