Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Tearful Tabak apologises to family

An artist's sketch of Vincent Tabak giving evidence at Bristol Crown court (Elizabeth Cook)
Vincent Tabak has said he considered ending his own life after killing Joanna Yeates
A van believed to be carrying Vincent Tabak arrives at Bristol Crown Court

Joanna Yeates's killer has tearfully apologised for putting her family through hell.

Vincent Tabak said his actions were "horrendous" as he showed jurors with his own hand how he strangled his next-door neighbour.

Tabak, 33, said he had been attracted to the 25-year-old and "made a pass at her" when she invited him in for a Christmas drink.

But, giving evidence for the first time at Bristol Crown Court, he denied claims he wanted sex with Miss Yeates and said he was trying to stop her sceaming after he attempted to kiss her.

With her family watching just feet away, he outstretched his right arm in the courtroom to display the grip he used to kill her.

Tabak, who was shown pictures of Miss Yeates's injuries, wept as he said he would be haunted for the rest of his life.

The defendant - speaking with a shrill Dutch accent - said he "still can't believe" his crime and considered whether to jump off a bridge.

Miss Yeates's parents, David and Teresa, and boyfriend Greg Reardon looked on as Tabak told Bristol Crown Court: "I had ample opportunity to call the police and I did not do it.

"I can only say that I am really sorry that I am responsible for her death and that I am responsible for putting her parents and Greg through a week of hell ... knowing where she was. I still cannot believe that I was capable (of that). It will haunt me for the rest of my life, no matter what sentence I get."

Tabak denies murder but admits manslaughter

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