Actor who fell to his death at Pete Doherty flat party 'was probably dropped from balcony', claim Newsnight experts
18:55 GMT, 7 December 2012
Pete Doherty was at the party when Mark Blanco plunged from the balcony edge
The actor who suffered fatal head injuries after falling from a balcony at a 2006 party – attended by rocker Pete Doherty – was probably dropped, forensics experts told BBC's Newsnight programme.
Experts said that CCTV footage of the street outside the East London flat suggests Mark Blanco was carried and dropped over the balcony edge, and had not jumped or slipped.
A coroner ruled out suicide, but three police investigations have failed to uncover the events leading up to the death.
Leading US video forensics analyst Grant Fredericks told the programme that footage of Blanco coming off the balcony was 'very consistent with a person being carried and literally dropped over the edge of the balcony'.
Fellow expert John Kennedy added: 'There's no defensive movement whatsoever. It's literally a drop from outside the rail.
'The only explanation I can think of is that somebody might have dropped him off the balcony.
'He doesn't climb over the railing himself. He doesn't jump. He just suddenly appears outside the railing and falls.'
The CCTV camera later captured Doherty emerging from the building, examining Blanco's body, and running away.
Doherty's minder, Johnny Jeannevol, once admitted to killing Blanco but later retracted the claim, saying he had been under stress.
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Mystery: Fieldgate Mansions in Romford Street , Whitechapel , where Mark Blanco fell to his death
Killed: Mark Blanco fell from the balcony of the East London flat – but the exact cause is yet to be established
In May the Crown Prosecution Service
said there was insufficient evidence to charge anyone with either murder
or manslaughter in relation to Blanco's death.
According to the BBC, the suggestion
of no defensive injuries – consistent with unconsciousness – is in line
with a bio-mechanics investigation and a neurobiologist's report, both
commissioned by Sheila Blanco, Mark Blanco's mother.
Mrs Blanco are pressing the police to reopen the investigation.
She said: 'I think the whole case needs revisiting – the truth will out.'
Newsnight investigation: Mark Blanco, pictured in hospital after the fall
Investigation: CCTV footage from the night shows Mark's plunge to the ground
Down: Investigators for the BBC say that, from Mark's positioning, it is unlikely he fell or jumped
VIDEO: YouTube, justiceformark campaign reconstruction of how Mark died
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