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Daria Pionko death: Leeds man charged with murder

Daria Pionko Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Daria Pionko died in hospital after she was found seriously injured in Springwell Road, Holbeck, on 23 December

A man has been charged with the murder of a 21-year-old woman in Leeds.

Polish national Daria Pionko was discovered seriously injured in Springwell Road, Holbeck, on 23 December.

Ms Pionko, who police said was a sex worker, died later in hospital. She was found in a defined managed area where sex workers operate during set hours.

Lewis Pierre, 24, from Leeds, was also charged with robbery and rape. He was remanded in custody.

Mr Pierre is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A memorial service is due to be held in memory of Ms Pionko at 14:30 GMT on Springwell Road, Leeds.

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