Kelowna Law Courts. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

Third person charged in attack on homeless man in downtown Kelowna

Austin Pedersen, 21, has now been charged with aggravated assault in relation to the March 2 incident

A third man has been charged in connection to an early-March assault on a person experiencing homelessness in downtown Kelowna.

Austin Pedersen, 21, has now been charged with aggravated assault in relation to the March 2 incident. This comes just one week after Devin Comerford, 19, and Zackary Gaubert, 21, were charged with attempted murder, however it now appears those charges, against both individuals, have been reduced to aggravated assault as well.

BC Prosecution Service communications counsel Dan McLaughlin told the Capital News the aggravated assault charges are anticipated to replace the attempted murder charges at the next court appearance.

Pedersen was scheduled for a bail hearing on May 15, but the outcome is not yet known.

Comerford and Gaubert were taken into police custody on May 8 and both were subsequently released on significant conditions.

RCMP found the victim early that morning suffering from serious injuries sustained during the alleged attack on Lawrence Avenue downtown. He was transported to hospital where he received medical treatment.

Comerford and Gaubert are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7 and Pedersen’s next appearance is set for Aug. 13.

READ MORE: Kelowna cab driver accused of sexual assault has trial postponed due to COVID-19

READ MORE: Two Kelowna men facing attempted murder charges for allegedly attacking homeless man

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@michaelrdrguez
michael.rodriguez@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

aggravated assault

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No criminality in the 2019 death of woman found on Kelowna beach

Caitlin was found deceased on Gyro Beach on April 21, 2019

VIDEO: Top cop calls video of Kelowna Mountie striking suspect ‘concerning’

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

Lane reductions on KLO Road

Construction to cause lane reductions next Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10

$220K for Okanagan Rail Trail loo

Successful proposal for Westkal Road comes ‘well within project budget’

Kelowna trial for three men charged in Hope murder delayed 11 months

The trial for the alleged killers of Michael Bonin has been moved to May 2021, was supposed to begin this month

WATCH: North Okanagan golf cart stolen, then returned

Homeowners have footage of two men taking the cart and then bringing it back

Three arrests on guns, drug charges after shots fired in South Okanagan

Two men from Penticton involved in arrests at Oliver home with assault rifles and drugs

North Okanagan business parked by COVID-19

Social distancing requirements curb Bitterman’s Driving Service

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Greater Victoria drive-thru window smashed after man receives burger without mustard

Greater Victoria Wendy’s staff call police after man allegedly rips Plexiglas barrier off window

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen pre-approves temporary expanded patios during COVID-19 pandemic

Blanket pre-approval granted to all licensees within regional district’s boundaries

Murder charge upgraded in George Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

Floyd’s family and protesters have repeatedly called for criminal charges against all four officers

Most Read