Friday 20 April 2018

Man (24) arrested following death of 21-year-old sex worker

Daria Pionko Credit: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire
Daria Pionko Credit: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

Nina Massey

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman who was found suffering from serious injuries.

Sex worker Daria Pionko, 21, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after being discovered unconscious in Springwell Road in the Holbeck area of Leeds early on December 23.

Miss Pionko - a Polish national living in Leeds - was pronounced dead a short time later and a post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as head and facial injuries, West Yorkshire Police said.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, who is leading the investigation, described the murder as "brutal" and asked for anyone with information to contact the police.

The scene of the attack is a trading estate about half a mile south of Leeds city centre in a ''managed area'' for sex workers.

Police said Miss Pionko was found by another sex worker who told a member of the public.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds district commander, said: ''We are acutely aware that the murder of this young woman will cause understandable concern in the community and we are keen to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to support and assist the investigation to trace the person responsible.

''Officers will be focusing increased patrols into the area for the foreseeable future to provide a visible reassurance to people.''

The 24-year-old man from Leeds who was arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

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