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Jo Yeates: Vincent Tabak admits manslaughter

  • 5 May 2011
  • From the section Bristol
Vincent Tabak and Jo Yeates
Image caption Jo Yeates went missing after going for drinks with friends on 17 December

A man charged with the murder of Jo Yeates, whose body was found near Bristol on Christmas Day, has admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

Vincent Tabak, 33, is accused of killing the landscape architect who disappeared on 17 December after going for drinks with colleagues.

The prosecution has refused to accept Tabak's manslaughter plea and a murder trial will go ahead on 4 October.

Tabak, a Dutch national, lived next to Miss Yeates in Clifton, Bristol.

He appeared via video link from HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire.

Tabak spoke only to confirm his name and to say he was content for proceedings to continue in English without an interpreter, before entering his pleas.

He was remanded in custody to face trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Strangled

Miss Yeates's parents David and Theresa were in court for the hearing.

Their daughter, who grew up in Ampfield, Hampshire, spent the evening of 17 December in the Bristol Ram with colleagues before visiting Tesco Express to buy a pizza on her way home to the Clifton area of Bristol.

She was reported missing by her boyfriend Greg Reardon on 19 December.

Miss Yeates's snow-covered body was found in Longwood Lane, Failand, by dog walkers on Christmas Day, eight days after she was reported missing.

A post-mortem test revealed she had been strangled.

Her funeral took place at St Mark's Church in Hampshire, where she was christened, on 11 February.

Her body was carried into the church in a wicker coffin in front of her parents, who said her death had been "traumatic".

Miss Yeates's coffin was adorned with daffodils, small sunflowers and assorted other flowers.

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