Life in prison

Der­rick Lawlor sen­tenced for killing man in woods be­hind Vic­to­ria Park

Waterloo Region Record - - FRONT PAGE - Gor­don Paul, Record staff

KITCH­ENER — Tammy McCreadie used to love na­ture and the out­doors. That changed when Der­rick Lawlor mur­dered her fa­ther, Mark McCreadie, in the woods be­hind Vic­to­ria Park.

“Ev­ery time I see sets of trees it re­minds me of where my dad was left dead and found,” she wrote in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment read out loud in court by Crown pros­e­cu­tor Linda El­liott on Thurs­day.

“I’m cau­tious and scared when I go out in pub­lic. I feel that there is some­one lurk­ing in the bushes wait­ing to at­tack and hurt me.”

Lawlor, 56, of Water­loo got an au­to­matic sen­tence of life in prison Thurs­day with no chance of pa­role for 25 years af­ter be­ing found guilty by a jury of first-de­gree mur­der.

Lawlor stran­gled McCreadie, 50, with a scarf or other “soft lig­a­ture.” He also stabbed him just be­low the belly but­ton.

It was the sec­ond time Lawlor had killed a man. In 1985, he was con­victed of man­slaugh­ter for suf­fo­cat­ing Lock­lyn Hutch­ings in a cabin in New­found­land.

He was sen­tenced to four years in prison and later got a par­don.

“This was a bru­tal mur­der,” Jus­tice Gerry Tay­lor said in hand­ing out the sen­tence for McCreadie’s mur­der.

“All mur­ders are sense­less — this was par­tic­u­larly sense­less.”

COURTESY OF TAMMY MCCREADIE

Tammy McCreadie with her fa­ther, Mark McCreadie. She says “he will be for­ever missed by his fam­ily and friends and will never be for­got­ten.”

Der­rick Lawlor

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