First Crown court appearance for man accused of murdering Leeds woman

Daria Pionko.
Daria Pionko.
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A man accused of murdering a Leeds woman has made his first Crown court appearance.

Lewis Pierre, of no fixed address, is accused of killing 21-year-old Daria Pionko, who police say was a sex worker.

Miss Pionko was discovered with fatal injuries after what police described as a “brutal” attack in Springwell Road, Holbeck, early on December 23.

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but confirmed dead a short time later.

Pierre, 24, appeared before Leeds Crown Court via a video link from Armley jail for a brief preliminary hearing.

Pierre appeared on screen wearing a grey sports sweater.

No application for bail was made and no pleas were entered.

The case was adjourned until February 4 when a plea and trial preparation hearing will take place.

Pierre was told he will be remanded in custody until that date.

Miss Pionko, a Polish national who had been living in Leeds, was found in a “managed” area, where sex workers are allowed to ply their trade.

A post-mortem examination found she died of head and facial injuries.