Friday 17th December 2010, Jo Yeates went
missing after a night out with work friends. After
returned home, she invited neighbour Vincent Tabak into
her flat for a drink, he misread the signals, he then
tried to kiss her, but she fought him off, She started
screaming, he claims he used only moderate force by
putting his hands round her neck to calm her down, after
a short while her body went limp.
Saturday 25th December
2010, Jo's body discovered Failand, North Somerset.
The snow covered, frozen
body was discovered by a couple walking their dog. A post-mortem showed that
she had been strangled, and had suffered 43 separate
Thursday 20th January
2011, After extensive media coverage and being
featured on the BBC 'Crimewatch' programme, Jo's next
door neighbour Vincent Tabak is arrested.
Saturday 22nd January
2011, Vincent Tabak is charged with the murder of
Thursday 5th May 2011,
at a pre-trial hearing Tabak pleaded guilty to
manslaughter but denied murdering Jo Yeates.
Wednesday 5th October
2011, Tabak admits manslaughter but denies murder.
Trial starts with swearing in of jury.
Tuesday 25th October
2011, In closing speeches on Tuesday, prosecution
barrister, Nigel Lickley QC, told the court Tabak
was "dishonest, deceitful and a liar".
The defence team said that
Tabak misread a "flirty" comment from Miss Yeates and
then killed her accidentally when attempting to stop her
from screaming as he tried to kiss her.
Defence barrister William Clegg QC, said the evidence
did not support Mr Lickley's claims Tabak only had sex
on his mind when he went into Miss Yeates' flat.
Wednesday 26th October
2011, The jury retire to consider a verdict.
3pm Friday 28th October
2011, Tabak is found guilty of murdering Jo Yeates.
The jury of six men and six
women returned their 10-2 majority verdict on their
fourth day of deliberation.
It was revealed that when
police seized Tabak's work and home computers they
discovered a collection of pornographic films, featuring
women being strangled. The information was kept secret
from the jury during the trial, but can now be reported
after the judge lifted an order banning the publication.
It was noted by police that
Tabak had been on pornography sites the morning after he had
killed Jo Yeates, as well as the day of the murder.
The trial Judge, Mr Justice
Field sentenced Tabak to life imprisonment, with a
minimum term of 20 years. He said, "I think there was a
sexual element to this killing." He added Tabak had
committed "a dreadful, evil act on a vulnerable young
woman" and that he intended to go "much further" after
attempting to kiss her.
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