Neighbour admits to killing Joanna Yeates

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak pleaded guilty to killing the landscape architect during a court hearing this morning

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak pleaded guilty to killing 25-year-old landscape artists Joanna Yeates, when he appeared before the Old Bailey this morning.

The 32-year-old, charged with ‘unlawfully killing’ Miss Yeates between December 16 and December 19 last year, admitted manslaughter – but denied murder – during the court hearing.

Appearing via video link from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire, Tabak wore a dark suit and glasses for his appearance, in which he spoke only to confirm his name and that proceedings could continue in English, before entering his pleas.

Police arrested Vincent Tabak on suspicion of murder in January, as he stayed with friends a short distance away from Joanna’s home in Clifton.

Joanna was reported missing by her boyfriend Greg Readon on December 17, when she failed to return home after Christmas drinks with work colleagues, sparking a huge police search operation.

Her frozen body was found by dog walkers on Christmas Day in the village of Failand, three miles from where she was last seen. She had been strangled.

Tabak’s trial, which is expected to last four weeks, will be heard at Winchester Crown Court on October 4.

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