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News of the World Reporter Discovers New Evidence

News of the World reporter, Douglas Wight has discovered new evidence on the Mark Blanco case. Pete Doherty‘s bodyguard, Jonny Headlock has admitted on tape that Mark was thrown out of the party twice after rowing with Pete Doherty, and not once before his fall as the inquest heard.

Jonny “Headlock” Jeannevol had already confessed to Naomi Stirk, Mark Blanco’s girlfriend, that he killed Mark but this was dismissed by police. Headlock had walked into Bethnal Green police station and made the same confession but after being locked up, he retracted his statement and was allowed to leave by the police. The police simply sent him to have a mental health assessment.

Originally Jeannevol said he, Doherty and the singer’s literary agent Paul Roundhill first pushed 6ft 4ins Blanco out of the flat onto the stairwell balcony after his bust-up with the singer. Roundhill admitted punching him. All three told the inquest they never saw him alive again after that and believed he must have jumped off the balcony.

The story has changed now and it appears that testimony to the inquest was false. In the News of the World taped interview, Jeannevol said: “It calmed down for a moment after he was gone – but the next thing I knew Mark was back in the flat. I pushed him out of the door to the balcony and shut the door. The next thing we knew he was lying in a heap.”

Mark Blanco’s mum Sheila said: “This is the first time any one of them has said Mark came back into the flat a second time. We know it was not suicide. There was 52 seconds from the time Mark re-entered the building to the time he fell. Something must have happened in there.”

Blanco family lawyer Michael Wolkind QC said: “At last we have an admission that Mark came back into the flat and again they threw him out. They are inching closer to the balcony and we are inching closer to the truth.”

As with the last CCTV forensic evidence showing Mark was pushed from the balcony the Metropolitan police have said “The new evidence will be investigated fully.” Lets hope so.

Thank You All And Best Christmas Wishes

sheila blanco1 Mark Blanco Press Conference 26th November

At this particularly difficult time of year I thank all of you who have supported me in so many ways along the road to secure Justice for Mark. From the anecdotes you have told me, I realise that Mark was a lynch-pin in so many people’s lives, in so many different ways.

At home, on Christmas morning, Mark would make the stuffing, he would be Father Christmas, distribute presents interspersed with a card trick or two, read for a while, then ‘dress’ for lunch. Dipping in and out of his latest literary masterpiece, Mark would entertain and shock in equal measure. Nothing can bring him back in person; in death he will receive the justice he deserves.

Happy Christmas and New Year to Everyone.

Mark Blanco CCTV Analysis Released

The Sunday Express has published the CCTV analysis video of Mark Blanco’s fall from the balcony.

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Dr Corrina Cory, expert in Injury Biomechanics continued experiments from the findings of her preliminary feasiblity study into how Mark fell. You can see these results on the video linked above. She worked on the two scenarios concluded by the HSCC investigation in November 2008:


Scenario 1 : CRIMINAL ACT
– Mark Blanco fell as a result of a criminal act of another or others.

Scenario 2 : MISADVENTURE – Mark Blanco jumped deliberately but did not intend to harm himself to any degree.

Dr. Cory worked with sophisticated scanning, 3-D modelling, the original CCTV and human modelling simulations. 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.”

As stated in Dr. Cory’s notes, the body models were overlaid for the frames of the CCTV that were the clearest. The position of Mark by the lamp post was not stated to be his final resting place. Mark’s feet ended up nearest the lamp post, as stated by several witnesses.

“We have now moved this case from suicide or accident to unlawful killing,” Michael Wolkind QC. Legal representative of Sheila Blanco, Mark’s mother.

The Met. have not yet responded to these reports.

Recent Press on Mark Blanco Enquiry

sheila blanco1 Mark Blanco Press Conference 26th NovemberLast March, I was asked by the Homicide and Serious Crime Command not to speak to the press while they carried out their sensitive investigation, which, on reflection, did me no favours.

I had hoped that this second police investigation would be more thorough than the first; I was wrong. For eaxmple, none of those 6 individuals at the gathering on 2nd December 2006 have ever been interviewed under caution, i.e. as suspects, only as witnesses.

The investigations I had commissioned:

Dr Corrina Cory, expert in Injury Biomechanics continued experiments from the findings of her preliminary feasiblity study into how Mark fell. She worked on the two scenarios concluded by the HSCC investigation in November 2008:

Scenario 1: CRIMINAL ACT – Mark Blanco fell as a result of a criminal act of another or others.
Scenario 2: MISADVENTURE – Mark Blanco jumped deliberately but did not intend to harm himself to any degree.

Dr Cory worked with sophisticated scanning, 3-D modelling, the original CCTV and human modelling simulations. Her findings were passed to Professor Wassersug, world expert in Neurobiology and Anatomy. His detailed 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.

The Met. have not yet responded to these reports.

Now is the moment to talk about the case as much as you can. A person just two or three steps away from you may be able to help to secure Justice for Mark in terms of influence or funds. I leave you with Emma’s words passionately delivered to the packed conference room,

“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.”

Times Online Reveals New Facts on mark Blanco Case

The Sunday Times has interviewed Sheila Blanco, Mark’s mother. Three years after the incident the case is still progressing due to Sheila’s determination to get to the truth. She reveals the new facts that investigators have uncovered in that time.

“You can see on the CCTV, he came down as a dead weight, there was nothing moving, he did nothing to save himself,” says his mother. The implication is that he was unconscious before he fell. The biomechanics report tends to support that view.

Read the full article: “My boy Mark Blanco’s death was no accident

Mark Blanco Press Conference 26th November

On Thursday 26th November Sheila Blanco will be holding a Press Conference with Emma Blanco and Michael Wolkind at his chambers.

********PRESS RELEASE**********

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Mark died on 4th December 2006 in the most suspicious circumstances after an altercation with the musician Pete Doherty and his druggie friends.

Mark was aged 30 when he died, a brilliant Cambridge graduate. Two incompetent police investigations have failed to bring anyone to Justice for what we are certain was an unlawful killing. Instead the Police have concentrated on incredible theories of suicide or accidental death.

The Coroner at the Inquest totally rejected those theories.

As we approach the 3rd anniversary of this tragedy, there have been very significant developments which we will disclose at the Press Conference. We intend to ensure that those responsible for killing Mark are prosecuted.

We do hope you will join us at

The Chambers of Michael Wolkind QC
2 Bedford Row
London
WC1R 4BU
THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER
10.30 A.M.

(REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED)

Mrs Sheila Blanco

Michael Wolkind QC
RSVP TO mwolkind@2bedfordrow.co.uk