05/05/2011

Jo Yeates's Neighbour Admits Manslaughter

The 33-year-old neighbour of Jo Yeates, has admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

Vincent Tabak, 33, is accused of killing the 25-year-old Landscape Architect who was found on Christmas day in Longwood Lane, Failand, eight days after she was reported missing from her home in Clifton, Bristol.

Miss Yeates had been out with colleagues in the Bristol Ram pub in Park Street.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had been strangled.

The prosecution refused Tabak's manslaughter plea and a murder trial is now expected to go ahead on 4 October.

Tabak, who appeared via video link from HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, spoke only to confirm his name and to say he was content for proceedings to continue in English, before entering his pleas.

He was remanded in custody to face trial at Bristol Crown Court.

(BMcN/GK)


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