Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Joanna murder trial jurors selected

Jury selection is to start ahead of the trial of the man accused of murdering Joanna Yeates

A judge at the trial of the next-door neighbour accused of murdering landscape architect Joanna Yeates is to start jury selection.

Mr Justice Field is expected to spend two days whittling down jurors before prosecutors open their case against Vincent Tabak, 33.

Dutch engineer Tabak denies the premeditated killing of Miss Yeates, whose body was found on a snowy verge on Christmas morning.

Prosecutors will claim Tabak, who lived in a ground-floor flat adjoining her 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 her boyfriend Greg 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 on a lane in Failand, north Somerset.

Mr Reardon and Miss Yeates' parents, David and Teresa, are expected to attend Bristol Crown Court throughout the four-week trial.

Tabak, a trilingual engineer, is being represented by William Clegg QC. Nigel Lickley QC prosecutes.

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