Thursday, October 4, 2012

Abbotsford man convicted of manslaughter now accused of steering woman to suicide
By Rochelle Baker, Abbotsford Times October 2, 2012 

Abbotsford resident Kenneth Carr, formerly convicted in manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl who was found naked and strangled along train tracks in 1997, has been charged with counselling a person to commit suicide.

An Abbotsford man formerly convicted of manslaughter in the death of a teenage girl is now charged with counselling a person to commit suicide.

Kenneth William Carr, 53, was charged after a woman in her 40s with a history of depression showed up with a relative at the Abbotsford Police station on Thursday with ligature marks around her neck, said Const. Ian MacDonald.

"The family member observed the injuries on the woman's neck, and the victim told her a relatively new acquaintance had given her advice on how to commit suicide," said MacDonald.

"Bear in mind, this a woman who suffers from depression."

As part of the ensuing investigation, a search warrant was executed at Carr's home. Evidence gathered there suggests this may not have been the only time the offender has allegedly engaged in counselling or abetting a suicide, said MacDonald.

However, he would not speak about what was found inside the house.

This is not the first time Carr has been mixed up with vulnerable women who become the subject of violence.

Carr was previously charged with murder in Port Coquitlam provincial court following the death of 17-year-old Katie Kaminski.

The troubled teen who had a mental disability and a history of mental illness was found naked and strangled near the railroad tracks in the 300 block of Front Street in New Westminster on August 25, 1997.

Carr was tried in New Westminster Supreme Court in 1999 on a charge of second-degree murder.

He was convicted of manslaughter and was handed a seven-year sentence.

Carr had reportedly met Kaminski in a homeless shelter.

Abbotsford investigators are appealing to anyone who might have also been encouraged by Carr to take his or her own life, or have other relevant information, to contact police.

"We don't have reports from other people at this point but we wanted to let people know - if they have information about similar events," said MacDonald.

Carr is scheduled to appear in Abbotsford provincial court on Wednesday.

- Anyone with information about similar events concerning Kenneth Carr should contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.

- with files from the Royal City Record and The Province