Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Depraved Tabak gets life for murder

Joanna Yeates's murderer Vincent Tabak was obsessed with images of women being strangled during sex, it can now be revealed.

The killer was jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years after a jury took three days to find him guilty of throttling the 25-year-old.

Her family wished his life to become a "living hell" as his perversions for violent pornography and prostitutes were revealed for the first time.

Jurors were not told how videos found on his laptops had chilling parallels with the way Miss Yeates died. His pornography depicted blonde women being throttled during sex or bundled into car boots.

But despite being blocked from hearing of his depraved sex secrets, jurors at Bristol Crown Court found he was a liar who had been aroused during the attack.

Tabak, 33, showed no emotion as he was found guilty and then jailed for life after Mr Justice Field condemned him as "wicked". He had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Miss Yeates's parents David and Teresa - who were too distraught to attend court - said in a statement how they "regret that capital punishment is not a possible option".

Police leading the inquiry paid tearful tribute to the dignity shown by her family and boyfriend Greg Reardon. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the murder inquiry, attacked Tabak for "living lies", while Detective Inspector Joe Goff described him as being "a social inadequate".

Tabak strangled his next-door neighbour in a violent confrontation at her flat in Clifton, Bristol, on December 17 last year before spinning a web of lies and deceit to cover his tracks. She suffered 43 injuries during a desperate fight for life.

Jailing Tabak for life with a 20-year minimum term, Mr Justice Field attacked him for "a dreadful, evil act committed against a vulnerable unsuspecting young woman in her own home". He added: "That wicked act ended the life of a young woman who was entitled to expect a life of happiness and fulfilment."

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph