Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Revealed: how Jo Yeates’ killer watched sick sex videos

Vincent Tabak has been convicted of murdering Joanna Yeates
Vincent Tabak has been found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of murdering Joanna Yeates

Revealed: how Jo Yeates’ killer watched sick sex videos

Neighbour found guilty of murder

By Tom Morgan, Rod Minchin and Emma Hallett

Twisted killer Vincent Tabak was yesterday found guilty of murdering Joanna Yeates for sexual thrills.

He faces life behind bars for strangling his neighbour before spinning a web of lies and deceit to cover his tracks.

Relatives of the 25-year-old victim watched from the public gallery yesterday as jurors rejected Tabak's claim that he did not mean to kill her.

Instead they found he was a “shrewd” liar who had been sexually aroused during the attack.

He strangled Miss Yeates after becoming obsessed with violent sex and pornography. Videos recovered from his laptop depicted blonde women being throttled during sex.

Just two weeks before murdering the landscape architect he also paid for sex with a prostitute during a business trip to Los Angeles, police discovered.

Dutchman Tabak (33), throttled Miss Yeates at her flat in Clifton, Bristol, on December 17 last year. The blonde suffered 43 injuries during a desperate fight for life as he used his burly 6ft 4in frame to overpower her.

Miss Yeates is believed to have been dead within about 20 seconds of Tabak grabbing her neck.

He then immediately launched into an elaborate chain of acts to construct an alibi and cover his tracks.

Tabak carried Miss Yeates' body in his arms back to his flat next door and put her in his bicycle bag. In a bizarre twist he then went night shopping in Asda with her in his car boot.

While wandering the aisles — picking up rock salt, crisps and beer — Tabak texted his girlfriend to say he was bored.

Within an hour he had dumped Miss Yeates’ partially-clothed body in the foetal position on a snowy verge in Failand, near Bristol.

Just 24 hours later he was drinking champagne with friends as he embarked on a life of lies.

Detectives who recovered his laptops found he was looking at pornographic websites within seconds of looking at pages surrounding the inquiry into the death of Miss Yeates. “Vincent Tabak is very clever,” prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC said.

“He is intelligent and highly educated. He is dishonest, he is deceitful and he is a liar. He is, when he chooses to be, very calculating. There is a word for it — that is shrewd.”

From the witness box he wept as he apologised to Miss Yeates's relatives for putting them through hell. But the jury failed to be swayed by Tabak's tears.

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Joanna Yeates's parents said they wished their daughter's killer could have been given capital punishment after a jury found him guilty of her murder yesterday.

In a statement read by police outside court, they said they would never get over their loss. “For us, it is with regret that capital punishment is not a possible option for (Tabak's) sentence,” they said. “The best we can hope for him is that he spends the rest of his life incarcerated where his life is a living hell, being the recipient of all evils, deprivations and degradations that his situation can provide.”

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