Homeless man charged with assault as homicide probe continues – The London Free Press

Police have charged a third homeless man in connection with the death of a 60-year-old whose body was found near the Thames River in London’s Old South neighbourhood earlier this month.

The charge announced Monday is the latest development in the ongoing homicide investigation into the death of William MacPherson, 60, who was found dead near the Thames River off of Wortley Road on Aug. 10.

Howard Kahosed, 35, of no fixed address, is charged with assault, though the alleged victim isn’t McPherson, police said.

Police previously charged Philip Pearson, 34, and Timothy Carew, 48, with assaulting McPherson.

Court documents show Pearson is accused of assaulting McPherson on Aug. 10, the day a citizen discovered his body, while Carew’s charge stems from an Aug. 9 incident. Carew is also charged with assaulting Kahosed on the same day, the documents say.

Both Pearson and Carew have been released on bail.

William “Bill” MacPherson

Carew was scheduled to appear in court Monday on an unrelated charge of theft under $5,000. The case was adjourned to Sept. 17.

MacPherson’s body was found in a ravine, just south of Stanley Street, where men often gather near the river to drink during the day and into the night, say nearby residents.

A former city worker, MacPherson was last seen Aug. 9 before noon walking west on Bathurst Street from Richmond Street. He was wearing blue shorts and a blue shirt at the time.

Investigators say a post-mortem examination revealed MacPherson is a victim of homicide – the city’s fourth of the year – but a cause of death hasn’t been released.