Okotoks resident Carlos Pelaez has been found guilty of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his girlfriend.

He was originally on trial for second-degree murder.

Theresa Enrique was stabbed to death in 2012 just three weeks after arriving in the town just south of Calgary.

Theresa Enrique

Theresa Enrique died in April 2012, just three weeks after she moved to Canada from the Philippines to be with her boyfriend. (Submitted by the Enrique family)

The 27-year-old moved from the Philippines to join Pelaez in Okotoks in late March 2012.

Pelaez, who immigrated from the Philippines to Canada in 2011, had a job at McDonald's and had secured a position for Enrique.

Her older brother, Ronaldo Enrique, testified that she was initially happy with the move but began to feel that Pelaez was very controlling.

"She felt like she was in prison," he said.

Enrique had packed her things and was in process of booking a ticket back to Manila when she died, her brother testified.