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Buro Happold engineer pleads guilty to Jo Yeates killing

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Former Buro Happold engineer Vincent Tabak today admitted killing his next-door neighbour Joanna Yeates but denied murder

Yeates’s parents David and Theresa were at the Old Bailey as Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

The charge states that Tabak ‘unlawfully killed’ the 25-year-old landscape architect between December 16 and December 19.

But the 33-year-old pleaded not guilty to an allegation of murder and was remanded in custody to face trial at Bristol Crown Court on October 4.

Yeates, who lived in Clifton, Bristol, worked for the BDP and disappeared on December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues.

Her frozen body was found dumped on a verge in a lane in Failand, north Somerset, on Christmas Day.

Tabak, wearing a dark suit and glasses, with a dark tie, appeared in court today via videolink from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire.

His trial is expected to last four weeks.

Tabak’s admission came one day after BDP officially launched Cycle for Jo’ – a fundraising cross-country cycle ride in memory of Yeates.


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Dutch consultant charged with Joanna Yeates’ murder

A consultant from Buro Happold has been charged with the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates

The 32-year-old, Vincent Tabak, appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court today accused of killing the 25-year-old.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the inquiry, said on Saturday: ‘This evening we have charged Vincent Tabak with the murder of Joanna Yeates.

‘I would like to pay tribute to Jo’s family and Greg [Reardon] for their assistance and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances.

‘Their support to us has been invaluable.

‘I would also like to thank the general public for their help and the information they continue to provide to the investigation, and the residents of Canynge Road for their co-operation and patience.’

Dutch people flow consultant Tabak, who lived next door to Yeates at 44 Canynge Road, Clifton, Bristol, was arrested on Thursday.

Specialist search teams have examined Tabak’s flat, which he shares with his girlfriend, Tanja Morson, an analyst for Dyson, in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Yeates shared her rented home with her boyfriend, Greg Reardon, 27.

Tabak, a trilingual engineer, is an expert in the flow of people through buildings, including sports venues.

His arrest was the second to be made by detectives since Yeates’s frozen body was found dumped in a lane on the outskirts of Bristol on Christmas Day.

The university graduate disappeared on Friday December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues at her architectural company, BDP.

Reardon reported her missing after he returned to Bristol on December 19 following a weekend away visiting family in Sheffield.

A huge police operation swung into action after her body was found on the verge in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset.

Her landlord, Chris Jefferies, 66, was arrested on December 30 and questioned for three days on suspicion of murder before being released on bail.

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