Vincent Tabak, Joanna Yeats’s neighbour has been charged with her murder. The 32-year old architect was due in court this morning to be charged with the monstrous crime.
Vincent Tabak, was taken into custody last Thursday.
Detective Phil Jones, said: “We have charged Vincent Tabak with the murder of Joanna Yeates. I would like to pay tribute to Jo’s family and Greg for their assistance and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances.”
“Their support to us has been invaluable. I would also like to thank the general public for their help and the information they continue to provide to the investigation, and the residents of Canynge Road for their co-operation and patience.”
32-year-old Dutch national Vincent Tabak was remanded in custody at Bristol Magistrates’ Court and is expected to appear at Bristol Crown Court next week charged with killing the 25-year-old.
During this morning’s four-minute hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. No plea was entered and no details of the prosecution case against him were given in court. A Dutch interpreter was present but Mr Tabak did not appear to have any difficulty understanding the proceedings.
He was arrested last Thursday at an address about a mile from the flat he shares with his girlfriend Tanja Morson on Canynge Road in the Clifton area of Bristol. It is next door to the home rented by Miss Yeates and her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27.
Miss Yeates disappeared on December 17 and was found on Christmas Day, frozen in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset. A post-mortem examination revealed she had been strangled.
Her boyfriend reported her missing after he returned to Bristol two days later following a weekend visiting family in Sheffield.
Chris Jefferies, 66, Joanna’s landlord was arrested on 30 December but was released after three days of questioning.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the inquiry, thanked the public and Miss Yeates’s family for their support in the investigation. “I would like to pay tribute to Jo’s family and Greg for their assistance and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances.”