Doherty insists Blanco was “alone” before balcony death

Singer Pete Doherty has spoken out about the death of Mark Blanco, insisting he was alone moments before falling from a first floor balcony.

The former Libertines frontman, who had a run-in with the Cambridge graduate shortly before he plunged 12ft from a Whitechapel flat in December 2006, has barely spoken about the case until now.

Mr Blanco was kicked out of the flat in Romford Street by the party host Paul Roundhill moments before plunging from the balcony.

Doherty said in his blog on Friday: “When he left the flat he was alone and when he fell or jumped he was alone. That is what happened. He either fell or was making an extreme point about the nature of life imitating art.”

Roundhill has previously said Mr Blanco was perhaps trying to make a creative statement by jumping.

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Both have always denied any wrong-doing.

The former Libertines frontman also said in the blog he had met Mr Blanco on two occasions.

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He went on: “[Mark] was well-liked and well-loved and many respected him, for his wit and his talent and his intelligence.

“The night that he died he was intensely agitated and extremely hyper-active and intoxicated. He was ejected from Paul’s flat because of his aggressive and loud attempts to belittle me and assert his view that I was a hyped up popstar and he was a talented actor about to star in a play called ‘accidental death of an anarchist’.”

Mark’s mother Sheila Blanco, who has been campaigning for the case to be brought to court, said: “It’s interesting that he suddenly remembers what happened when I’ve always been told that he informed police he couldn’t remember. How does he know Mark was out on the balcony alone if he wasn’t there?”

Ms Blanco found out a fortnight ago that the CPS would not be charging anyone over the death due to insufficient evidence.

Read the full interview with Ms Blanco on page 14.

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