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Daria Pionko death: 'Sex worker' murder suspect in court

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 appeared in court accused of killing 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, of Mile's Hill, Leeds, has been charged with murder, robbery and rape.

He was remanded in custody at Leeds Magistrates' Court earlier and will appear at the city's crown court on Wednesday.

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