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Brute given life for killing prostitute

Daria Pionko
Daria Pionko

A lorry driver's assistant who beat a sex worker to death in a "selfish and brutal attack" in a managed red light area has been jailed for at least 22 years.

Lewis Pierre, 24, murdered Daria Pionko and stole her money to buy takeaway food, cigarettes and cannabis.

He was handed a life sentence at Leeds Crown Court for her murder and robbery.

Lewis Pierre

Mr Justice Goss said: "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.

"She was only 21 years of age and had her life before her.

"That she was working as she was increased her vulnerability, but it did not disentitle her to protection of the law."

The judge continued: "In your disregard for her as a person and driven by your own selfish desires, her life ended in the miserable circumstances I have just described."