Szendrei killer won't ask for forgiveness
Sep 18, 2013 / 7:29 pm
SURREY, B.C. - A young man who pleaded guilty to murdering a 15-year-old girl in a daylight attack has apologized in court for the brutal crime he said not only destroyed two families, but also struck terror into an entire community.
The man, who can’t be named because he was 17 at the time of the murder, pleaded guilty last year to killing Szendrei in a suburban park after failing to subdue and rape the teenager three years ago.
At his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, the man, now 21 years old, stood and read from a letter, apologizing for causing unbearable pain and sadness to the Szendrei family on Sept. 25, 2010.
“On that horrible day, I regretfully took the life of Laura Szendrei and destroyed her family,” he said. “I caused terror in the Delta community, especially the friends and family of Laura Szendrei. I robbed the community of its sense of safety and its peacefulness.”
The man said he deserves to go to prison. He also apologized to his parents, who he said blame themselves for what happened, and who now “live in exile” because of him.
“I’m not going to ask for forgiveness because I truly don’t deserve it,” he said.
“No you don’t,” said Szendrei’s mother Rachael from the courtroom gallery as she sobbed.
Szendrei’s father was present for only parts of the man’s apology.
The accused, who stood in the prisoner’s box wearing a collared white shirt, called himself a pathetic coward who never intended to kill anyone.
“I was so depressed and feeling so alone at the time, but in no way should I resort to something as terrible as attempt to commit rape,” he said, wiping his eyes with a tissue once he finished the letter.
The court has heard the man was a victim of bullying. A forensic psychologist testified he suffered from paralyzing anxiety around girls, and that it was this anxiety that led him to attack not only Szendrei, but three other women before her.
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