A man facing first-degree murder charges in Ontario is a Newfoundlander who has a conviction here for a similar offence in this province, The Telegram has learned.
Derrick Michael Lawlor — who lives in Waterloo, Ont. — was arrested this week in Kitchener for reportedly strangling another man to death.
The body of 50-year-old Mark James McCreadie was found near Kitchener’s Victoria Park two months ago. His body was found next to train tracks in a wooded area on April 10.
Lawlor, 52, was initially charged with aggravated assault, but the charge was upgraded days later.
Police in Waterloo say there was a connection between the two men.
Investigators are looking to speak to anyone who may have engaged in intimate physical or sexual activity with Lawlor in the last few months.
Reports say Lawlor was working under contract with the University of Waterloo until May 1, but is believed to have been on long-term leave at the time of incident.
But it’s not the first time Lawlor has been in serious trouble with the law regarding a man’s death.
Information obtained from Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s revealed that Lawlor was convicted in this province on May 1, 1985, for killing Locklyn Anderson Hutchings at a cabin in Victoria, just outside Carbonear. Hutchings died after Lawlor suffocated him on June 26, 1983.
Lawlor was originally charged with first-degree murder in that case, but was convicted of the lesser charge. He was sentenced in St. John’s to a four-year jail term.
He’s listed in court records as having lived in St. John’s.
According to Lawlor’s Facebook page, he went to school at Mary Queen of the World school and College of the North Atlantic, having graduated in 1985.