Vincent Tabak found guilty of murder

28/10/2011

Vincent Tabak found guilty of the murder of Jo Yeates and sentenced to life imprisonment

A statement given by Ann Reddrop, head of the CPS South West Special Casework Unit given on 28 October 2011:

Vincent Tabak was a cunning, dishonest and manipulative man who knew exactly what he was doing when he killed Joanna Yeates. Today he has been convicted by a jury in Bristol of her murder last year, despite claiming he meant her no harm.

He was cunning and dishonest towards his girlfriend with whom he maintained a normal relationship, even going so far as to text her shortly after Joanna was dead to say he was bored.

He manipulated the police by virtue of his own in-depth research on the Internet to keep one step ahead of the investigation before his arrest, looking up extradition and medical details of decomposition.

He made very selective admissions surrounding the circumstances of Joanna's death, which sought to cast her in an unfavourable light and he kept this up even when he was giving evidence to the jury. Tabak thought his cleverness and deceit would prevent him being convicted of a brutal murder. He was wrong.

Joanna went missing on 17 December 2010 after meeting friends for drinks. For several days, the police mounted a missing person enquiry but with the discovery of her body on Christmas Day it became a murder investigation. The police team undertook a painstaking enquiry into this murder and Vincent Tabak became the focus of their attention following the finding of  his DNA on Joannas body

Late in December 2010, the police asked for assistance and guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service. That assistance has come from the South West Complex Casework Unit based here in Bristol. I reviewed the evidence, advised that Vincent Tabak should be charged with Joanna's murder and began preparing the case for trial.

In May 2011, Tabak admitted the manslaughter of Joanna but that was only part of the story. The Crown's case is, and always has been, that it was a deliberate act on his part and that is why we refused to accept his plea to manslaughter and he has faced trial for murder over the past four weeks.

Joanna's family has been here in Bristol during the trial and have listened to much of the evidence.  Our thoughts are with them today as Tabak begins a life sentence for killing their daughter.