Teen charged in New Year’s Day death of girl

The teenager facing a first-degree murder charge in the New Year’s Day slaying of 14-year-old Stefanie Rengel was described in court as an honours student, a person from a solid family who seemed to have a bright future.



But there was another, darker side to the 16-year-old girl, who can’t be identified — she was also a person driven by "senseless jealousy … a hatred so vile" she manipulated, encouraged an 18-year-old boy to kill Stefanie, who was lured from her east end home, stabbed six times in the chest and left to die in a snowbank.


That was how Justice David McCombs outlined his dilemma yesterday in deciding whether or not to free the girl from custody, putting her into virtual house arrest with her family until her trial, as much as two years away.

After taking several days to ponder his decision, McCombs said despite being impressed by the teen’s "committed and loving parents" this was one of those "rare cases" in which she had to stay locked up so the public could "maintain confidence in the administration of justice."

facing 10 years in jail

  • The teenager, who faces a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted, sobbed quietly at the judge’s ruling. Her younger brother also broke down in tears while being comforted by his parents in the packed public gallery.