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A woman threatened with revenge porn killed herself. Now, her tormentor might face manslaughter charges

Damilya Jossipalenya

The Crown Prosecution Service has asked police to investigate any history of domestic violence

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By Emily Baker on

A man who threatened to send revenge porn of his girlfriend to her family just days before her suicide may face charges of manslaughter. On the night of 24-year-old Damilya Jossipalenya’s death, Alessio Bianchi had forced her to leave his apartment before pushing her into a water feature. He had also previously shared revenge porn of Jossipalenya along with the warning, “I am going to keep destroying you”.

In April, Bianchi was handed a 12-week suspended sentence for the assault and disclosure of private sexual photos and films, but now, a coroner's court has heard that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has asked the Met Police to investigate whether there is evidence of a history of domestic abuse that may have contributed to Jossipalenya’s death.

In the April trial, the prosecution detailed another incident – told to police by Jossipalenya – in which Bianchi “grabbed her by the throat, struck her four or five times, spat on her and that she had passed out for a few seconds”. After the attack, Bianchi allegedly gave Jossipalenya ice to help her injuries and told her if she told anyone he would “chase her and kill her”.

In response to the CPS’s request, Bianchi’s defence lawyer said, “It cannot be said that the defendant’s actions caused the suicide, only that he knew his actions related to a vulnerable woman.”

The hearing has currently been adjourned until a full inquest is held later in the year.

@emilyrbakes

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