|Laura Szendrei. (Facebook)
VANCOUVER -- A surprise guilty plea was entered in a Surrey, B.C., provincial court Thursday in the 2010 second-degree murder of Delta, B.C., teen Laura Szendrei.
The 19-year-old North Delta man, who cannot be named because he was a minor at the time of 15-year-old Szendrei’s slaying, was arrested February 2011 after a lengthy investigation to the daytime murder.
Crown spokeswoman Samantha Hulme said sentencing is scheduled over four days, beginning Feb. 18. The Crown is also expected to seek an adult sentence.
Delta Police Const. Ciaran Feenan said at least the family will have some “solace and closure,” but the surprise plea means some details in the case might never be heard.
“I don’t know that it’ll ever be clear what the motive was,” he said. “This is not something that happens. This impacted the community to its very roots.”
Szendrei was found badly beaten in Mackie Park and died in hospital Sept. 25, 2010.
She was on her way to meet friends.
The teen’s mother told QMI Agency at the opening of a preliminary hearing in late August her “outcome wish” was that the accused receive a life sentence.
Szendrei, a Burnsview Secondary School student, was described as an “angel” by those who knew her.
An annual memorial walk has also been established in the avid soccer player’s name, with funds going to sport scholarships at Delta high schools.