Monday, October 10, 2011

#JoYeates : Details Set To Emerge In Jo Yeates Murder Trial

The prosecution case against a neighbour accused of murdering landscape architect Joanna Yeates begins today.

Vincent Tabak, 33, denies the premeditated killing of Miss Yeates, whose body was found on a snowy verge on Christmas morning last year.

Her boyfriend Greg Reardon and parents David and Teresa are expected to attend the first day of evidence at Bristol Crown Court.

Prosecutors will claim Tabak, who lived in a ground-floor flat adjoining Miss Yeates's home in Clifton, Bristol, murdered the 25 year old after she went for festive drinks with colleagues.
She was reported missing two days after disappearing, when Mr Reardon returned to their shared flat after a weekend visiting family in Sheffield.

Following a string of appeals by relatives and police, her frozen corpse was found by dog walkers three miles from her home in a lane in Failand, north Somerset.

The bespectacled Dutch engineer appeared in the dock last week as a jury of six men and six women was selected.

With press and broadcasters from across the world attending the court, Mr Justice Field issued repeated warnings last week to jurors about reading background material surrounding the case.
Jurors answered a series of questions which included whether they knew any of the witnesses due to give evidence in the trial or had links to the firms BDP, Buro Happold or Dyson.

They were also asked whether they had any contact with the police during the investigation into the disappearance of Miss Yeates before the four-week trial.

Tabak, a trilingual engineer, is being represented by William Clegg QC. Nigel Lickley QC leads the case for the Crown.

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RECAP on the death of Jo Yeates.