May 12, 2011 15:33
Pete Doherty won't be charged over the death of Mark Blanco
CPS rules that there is 'insufficient evidence' to charge Doherty
Pete Doherty will not be charged over the death of actor Mark Blanco, police have said today (May 12).
According to BBC News the Crown Prosecution Service have said there is insufficient evidence to charge anybody in connection with the actor's death. Blanco died in 2006 in East London as a result of a head injury sustained from falling from a first floor flat during a party The Libertines man was also at.
Jenny Hopkins, a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said of the verdict: "None of the evidence is capable of establishing to the required standard that Mr Blanco was thrown or pushed from the balcony or that any other individual was present at the time he fell."
Doherty was implicated in the case after an inquest into the actor's death in 2007 heard that Doherty asked his minder Jonathan Jeannevol to "have a word" with Blanco after he had "annoyed" him. Doherty was also apparently seen on CCTV running away from Blanco's body.
An open verdict was delivered after the inquest and the presiding coroner ordered a fresh police inquiry into the case, which has now concluded with no-one being charged. Blanco's family are said to have reacted furiously to the verdict and are considering launching their own private prosecution against Doherty and Jeannevol.
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