The man accused of strangling Kitchener man Mark James McCreadie to death killed another man in Newfoundland almost 30 years ago.

Derrick Lawlor was convicted of manslaughter in 1985 in Newfoundland, and was given a four-year prison sentence, a representative for the Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court told CBC News. Lawlor suffocated Locklyn Hutchings to death at a cabin the two men shared, according to a report by the St. John's Telegram.

Lawlor appeared briefly in court in Kitchener Monday in connection to McCreadie's death.

Lawlor has been charged with the first-degree murder of 50-year-old McCreadie, whose body was found near Victoria Park in Kitchener two months ago.

Lawlor will be back in court next week.