May 8, 2011 10:03
Pete Doherty could face private prosecution over Mark Blanco's death Pete Doherty Tickets
Scotland Yard to meet late actor's family to discuss case this week
Pete Doherty has been warned he may face a private prosecution over his alleged involvement in the death of Mark Blanco.
The 30-year-old fell to his death from a balcony at an east London party attended by Doherty and his minder Jonathan Jeannevol in December 2006. Literary agent Paul Roundhill hosted the bash at his Whitechapel flat.
An inquest into the actor's death in 2007 heard that Doherty asked his Jeannevol to "have a word" with Blanco after he had "annoyed" him.
Roundhill then allegedly set fire to Blanco's hat before punching him.
After Blanco plunged from the balcony soon after, Doherty was apparently seen on CCTV running away from the body. Jeannevol admitted to killing Blanco at the hearing, but later retracted the claim.
At the inquest, the coroner ruled out suicide, and recorded an open verdict. He then ordered a fresh police inquiry into the case.
Three-and-a-half years later, Blanco's family are due to meet Scotland Yard this week to discuss whether there will be any public prosecution over the incident, reports The Observer.
Michael Wolkind QC, who is representing the Blancos, said that the family would consider a private prosecution against Doherty, Jeannevol and Roundhill if the police choose not to press charges.
"Throughout their investigations, the police have suffered a severe allergy to finding crime, even though it is clear Mark was unlawfully killed," he commented.
"It would be perverse if they escaped prosecution."
Meanwhile, Doherty is facing going to prison again later this month (May 20) when he appears for sentencing at Snaresbrook Crown Court over a cocaine possession charge.
The Babyshambles frontman has pleaded guilty to the charge, which came after investigations into the death of filmmaker Robin Whitehead in January 2010.
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