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20th December - Every Three Days - Daria Pionko

On average every three days a woman is killed by a man.

Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on 2nd May 2021, I have remembered 80 women, the last being mother-of-two Kathleen Griffin, 57, who was killed at her home in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

Today we remember Daria Pionko, 21, a sex worker who came to the UK from Poland in February 2015. She was known for being very kind and always wanting to help others.

In December of 2015, she was attacked by Lewis Pierre, 24, of Meanwood, Leeds, who was convicted of her murder following a trial at the city's crown court in July 2016.

The court heard that it was Pierre's motive was to steal money taking £80 to buy cigarettes and drugs. Evidence against him included Daria's blood being on his boots.

In sentencing, the Judge, Mr Justice Goss, told Pierre he would serve at least 22 years in jail for murder and a further 8 years for theft.

He went on to say:

"It was a selfish and brutal attack which ended the life of a vibrant young Polish woman who had been in this country 10 months."

Daria's mum said, Lydia, said in a statement her daughter was a "kind-hearted" and "joyful girl". "We are pleased her murderer has been convicted though nothing will bring our daughter back."

Daria Pionko


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