This website is set up in memory of Mark Blanco. Mark was a talented individual who was killed in suspicious circumstances at a party with Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty.
Mark Blanco was due to play the lead in a new play that week and was keen to get some extra publicity for the production.
Six people, three men and three women who were at the party, claimed Mark caused an annoyance. Doherty‘s minder at the time, Johnny Headlock, said the singer asked him to get rid of Mark. They evicted him – Roundhill had punched him several times and set fire to his hat with lighter fuel before doing so. But 10 minutes afterwards, Mark returned. A minute later he fell to his death. CCTV footage shows Doherty and a female friend, followed by Headlock, running away, swerving Mark’s body as they do so.
CCTV footage records Mark leaving the party twice. He immediately returned a second time and 56 seconds later he is seen falling to his death from the balcony.
One of the women at the party, Annabel Healdsmith, later admitted that Roundhill, Johnny Headlock and Doherty all went outside together to the balcony to eject Mark from the party. The three returned but Mark did not.
Three weeks after the incident Jonny Headlock walked into Bethnal Green police station and confessed to killing Mark Blanco. After being locked up, he retracted his statement and was allowed to leave by the police.
No one has ever been held accountable for Mark Blanco’s death. The police quickly attributed Mark’s death to an accident or suicide on the night of the tragedy. This was done without proper investigation and without interviewing key witnesses; Mark’s mother found the lens from her son’s glasses in the gutter outside the flat the day after he fell.
Coroner Dr Andrew Reid rejected the conclusions of suicide, recorded an open verdict and asked the police to reopen the investigation on 4 October 2007.
“The sound of his (Mark’s) impact on the ground was heard by a person in a neighbouring flat in the block 18 of Fieldgate Mansions. This person also heard preceding the impact with the ground, the sounds of a number of people up and down the stairs preceding this final event.
………….I will no longer go on any further to consider the possibility that Mr Blanco committed suicide, I can exclude it unreservedly. On the evidence I have heard, my only conclusion can be an Open Verdict. I am going to ask the Metropolitan Police Service to review and re-open the investigation.” (Taken from the inquest transcript.)
Dr Corrina Cory, expert in Injury Biomechanics worked with sophisticated scanning, 3-D modeling, the original CCTV and human modeling simulations (watch video). Her findings were passed to Professor Wassersug, world expert in Neurobiology and Anatomy. His report concludes:
Given the nature of his (Mark’s) injuries, the two most likely explanations are that he was backed into the railing and pushed over, or that he was not conscious, and was dropped over the railing.
“We have now moved this case from suicide or accident to unlawful killing,” Michael Wolkind QC. Legal representative of Sheila Blanco, Mark’s mother.
“I am hugely indebted to Michael Wolkind,” says Sheila Blanco. “He has been deeply committed to securing Justice for Mark.( Interview of Michael Wolkind QC on Sky News)
“Having seen a flyer asking for funds to help with legal fees, Michael offered his services, since which time he has unstintingly supported me both professionally and personally. It was Michael’s brilliance at the Inquest of October 2007 into Mark’s untimely death at Poplar Coroner’s Court that turned the case round; Michael secured an Open Verdict and a Second Police Investigation.
“We all owe so much to Michael’s tactical skills, extreme kindness and humanity.”
This website has been set up to keep track of the case developments & media articles on Mark’s death. This has been done at the request of Sheila Blanco, Mark’s mother. Donations to help her fight are deeply appreciated, (however small). Please use the PayPal button to the right of this page or view the bank details here. You are welcome to contact Sheila before donating.
It’s not just a fight for justice for Mark, it’s a fight for justice for any human being. The police force in this country have let us down for three years.
Update: Watch the video on YouTube