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London police have laid a second-degree murder charge after a man found seriously injured inside a Wharncliffe Road boarding house died.

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Dale Carruthers A London police investigator enters Wharncliffe Lodging at 256 Wharncliffe Rd. S. Thursday as police probe the death of Kenneth Wallis, 56, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries late Wednesday and later died. Robert Charnock, 40, is charged with second-degree murder in the city's 12th homicide of 2021. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press) A London police investigator enters Wharncliffe Lodging at 256 Wharncliffe Rd. S. Thursday as police probe the death of Kenneth Wallis, 56, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries late Wednesday and later died. Robert Charnock, 40, is charged with second-degree murder in the city’s 12th homicide of 2021. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

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London police have laid a second-degree murder charge after a man found seriously injured inside a Wharncliffe Road boarding house died.

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Robert Charnock, 40, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kenneth Wallis, 56, whom paramedics found about 11 p.m. Wednesday in a Wharncliffe Road boarding house with multiple lacerations. Wallis was taken to hospital, where he died, becoming London’s 12th homicide victim of the year.

Charnock appeared in court Thursday by video from the London police station and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance Dec. 23.

Charnock was ordered not to communicate with nearly a dozen people. A publication ban on any evidence presented during the hearing was imposed.

Wallis was found at Wharncliffe Lodging at 256 Wharncliffe Rd. S. that rents rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. A woman who answered the phone at the boarding house declined comment.

Forensic investigators remained on the scene Thursday. Yellow police tape cordoned off a side door to the two-storey building. Blood and medical supplies were visible on the stairs inside.

This is London’s 12th homicide of the year, up from four in all of 2020. It comes roughly a month after John Flores, 39, of London was found dead in his Woodfield apartment Nov. 10. Kenneth Cardiff, 42, is charged with second-degree murder in that case.

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