Murder charge laid in Connaught Avenue death

London police headquarters on Dundas St. file photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News

A day after a man was found dead inside an east London apartment, a 38-year-old man has been charged with second degree murder.

London police found the body of Issara Norindr, 55, with “obvious signs” of trauma in a second floor unit at 165 Connaught Ave. around 4:40 p.m. on Monday. Officers determined Norindr had been at the apartment with another man who was known to him when an altercation began.

No other details about the incident or a suspected cause of death have been released. An autopsy was to be performed Tuesday.

Samnang Kong, 38, of London was arrested nearby shortly after police began investigating. He is now charged with second degree murder and was scheduled to appear in London court in relation to the charge on Tuesday.

The investigating is continuing, police said.

This is London’s third homicide of 2019.

Nicholas Baltzis, 25, of London was fatally stabbed in a Notre Dame Drive townhouse on January 6. Karl Hallman, 28, of London is charged with second degree murder in connection with Baltzis’ death.

Roughly a month later, Brian Maksoud, 46, of London died after being found suffering from an arrow wound at a home on Arbour Glen Crescent, near Kipps Lane. Kevin Hartman, 35 of London is charged with first degree murder in the February 5 homicide. Paul O’Connell, 47, London and Amanda Tait, 26, of London have also been charged in relation to the case. O’Connell is charged with being an accessory after the fact to aggravated assault and Tait with being an accessory after the fact to murder.