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Joanna Yeates's killer confessed to chaplain, trial is told

Joanna Yeates's killer confessed to a chaplain after refusing to answer any police questions during a three-day grilling, a court has heard.

Vincent Tabak was on suicide watch in prison when he is said to have told the Salvation Army's Peter Brotherton: “I have got something to tell you that is going to shock you.”

Tabak then reacted angrily as Mr Brotherton told him he would not be able to keep the admission secret, the chaplain said.

Jurors at Bristol Crown Court were told Tabak confided in Mr Brotherton after refusing to tell police whether he had made any sexual advances towards Miss Yeates.

Tabak, who had been under 24-hour supervision at HMP Long Lartin, admits Miss Yeates's manslaughter but denies murder.

Miss Yeates's mother Teresa wept earlier as a picture of her daughter's body was shown to the jury. She looked away and was comforted by her husband David as the harrowing photograph was shown.

The case was adjourned until today when the prosecution case is expected to finish.

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