Nain man convicted of killing former girlfriend

Published on February 16, 2012
Lucas Julius Abel has been found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his former girlfriend. He is shown this Transcontinental Media photo from May 2010.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay —

A man from Nain was convicted Saturday of manslaughter in the death of his former girlfriend.

Lucas Julius Abel was found guilty by a jury in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Kimberly Jararuse, 20, was found dead in Abel’s bedroom in Nain on Jan. 12, 2010.

While the autopsy conducted by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Simon Avis was inconclusive in terms of the cause of death, he noted the injuries were consistent with, but not exclusive to, smothering.

Witnesses told the jury the couple had a history of domestic violence and abuse over their 18-month relationship.

Abel will be sentenced this spring.