Friday 28 April 2017

Mum's fury as Doherty won't be charged in death

Tom Morgan in London

ROCK star Pete Doherty will not face criminal prosecution over the fatal fall of British partygoer Mark Blanco.

Relatives of Mr Blanco (30) were said to have reacted with fury as the Crown Prosecution Service told them there was "insufficient evidence" to bring any charges over the actor's death in 2006.

The family, which has already vowed to launch private proceedings, was told by prosecutors that it could not be established that a criminal act had taken place.

Mr Blanco -- an actor friend of comedian Jimmy Carr -- was involved in a confrontation with Doherty, the star's minder Johnny Jeannevol and Paul Roundhill at a party shortly before his death, investigations showed. But the three denied any wrongdoing.

The family, which said it had evidence that Mr Blanco was unlawfully killed, launched a lengthy campaign for justice after two police reports and an inquest failed to establish exactly what triggered his fall from a balcony in Whitechapel, east London.

But in a meeting at the CPS' central London headquarters yesterday, Jenny Hopkins, head of the organisation's complex casework, said: "None of the evidence is capable of establishing to the required standard that Mr Blanco was thrown or pushed from the balcony, or that any other individual was present at the time he fell."

Cover-up

Mother Sheila Blanco accused police of staging a cover-up as she said she was "disappointed but not surprised" by the decision.

"It is a police cover-up -- I really did not expect anything better," she said. "What we do in the future is not yet clear.

"There are three people involved in this. Obviously I am disappointed with Doherty for not coming forward to help more with the investigation.

"I asked a lot of questions during the meeting."

Babyshambles frontman Doherty, currently on a tour of the UK and Ireland, was interviewed by police but never arrested over the death.

After two Scotland Yard investigations, detectives have been unable to confirm if Mr Blanco committed suicide or fell because of a "criminal act", prompting the family's own investigation.

Ms Blanco's findings were handed to police last July.

The report included a study by neurobiology expert Professor Richard Wassersug that suggested Mr Blanco could not have deliberately jumped and sustained the injuries he did.

Irish Independent

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