Abbotsford man pleads guilty in suicide-counselling case

Kenneth Carr was charged after a woman with rope marks around her neck went to police a year ago.

Kenneth Carr

Kenneth Carr

An Abbotsford man has pleaded guilty to counselling a woman to commit suicide.

Kenneth William Carr, 54, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on Dec. 20 in Abbotsford provincial court. He appeared briefly in court on Tuesday to enter his guilty plea.

Carr was charged in September 2012 after a 48-year-old woman showed up at the Abbotsford Police Department with ligature marks around her neck.

The woman had met Carr not long before the incident. She was urged to go to police after a family member noticed the marks around her neck.

“Information to obtain (ITO) a search warrant” documents later filed in Abbotsford provincial court indicated that the woman suffered from depression and anxiety disorder, and Carr offered to help her commit suicide.

According to the ITO, Carr had the woman prepare a suicide note and then gave her white pills, rigged a rope from the rafters in his home, placed it over her head and had her stand on a chair.

She told police that she awoke the next day, and Carr drove her home.

The ITO indicated that, in Carr’s residence, police found a room with ropes suspended from the ceiling.

The documents also stated that images of a naked man and a woman hanging and appearing lifeless were found on a cellphone in Carr’s home, launching an investigation into a possible murder.

Carr apparently told police that the people in the cellphone images were still alive and had been “made to look like they were dead” in the photos.

Police investigated the photos in more detail, and no murder charges were laid.

Carr previously served time for manslaughter in relation to the 1997 death of Port Coquitlam teen Kathryn Kaminski. The teen was found lying face down with a rope around her neck between two sets of train tracks in New Westminster.

The ITO stated that during the investigation into Kaminski’s death, a police search of Carr’s work locker turned up 28 photos of women – some naked and some partially dressed – in various poses.

Carr has been in custody since his arrest last September.