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Jo's killer 'confessed to chaplain'

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.

Detectives questioned the 33-year-old Dutch engineer for three consecutive days after arresting him on January 20. He was said to have constantly replied "no comment" before he was charged with murdering Miss Yeates, 25.

But Tabak, who had been under 24-hour supervision at HMP Long Lartin, was said to have told Mr Brotherton of his plan to "plead guilty" on February 8.

Appearing in the witness box, Mr Brotherton said he decided he could not keep the information secret because Tabak was not religious. Mr Brotherton, who has been visiting prisoners since 1975, said "there was a little bit of anger" in Tabak's voice after the chaplain said he would have to pass on the information.

"I'm not going to tell you anything else," Tabak was said to have told Mr Brotherton.

Tabak was being held in a cell with a clear glass door in the health unit at HMP Long Lartin when he made the appointment with Mr Brotherton. Tabak, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, was said to have made the confession on their third encounter.

Miss Yeates is said to have suffered 43 injuries at the hands of Tabak at her flat in upmarket Clifton on December 17 last year. Her body was found "in a foetal-type position" in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset, by a couple walking their dogs.

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


From Belfast Telegraph