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Daria Pionko death: Lewis Pierre convicted of murder

Daria Pionko Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Proscutor's claimed Daria Pionko had been brutally attacked for her cash

A man has been convicted of killing a Polish sex worker in a "sustained and forceful attack".

Daria Pionko, 21, was found seriously injured in Springwell Road, Holbeck, Leeds on 23 December 2015 and died later in hospital.

Lewis Pierre, 24, of Meanwood, Leeds, had admitted manslaughter and robbery but denied murder.

He was found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court and will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor Kama Melly QC had said the motive for the attack was money and Pierre had purchased food, cigarettes and drugs afterwards.

The court had heard Miss Pionko had gone out on 22 December in the Holbeck area of Leeds.

The area, away from schools and housing, is one where the council and police had an agreement allowing prostitutes and clients to operate without arrest - a so-called "managed red light area".

She was later found severely injured by a friend who had become concerned about her.

A post mortem examination found she had suffered injuries to her neck and body, bruising to her brain and fractures to her face.

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