Jo murder accused remanded again


The man accused of killing Joanna Yeates, Vincent Tabak, has been remanded in custody

The man accused of killing Joanna Yeates has been remanded in custody again after his legal team declined to make a bail application.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak, Miss Yeates’s next door neighbour, appeared at Bristol Crown Court for a bail hearing.

But no application was made for bail and he was remanded to appear at the same court next Monday.

Members of the public and journalists filled the gallery of Courtroom 1 for the 10-minute hearing.

A greying Tabak, who wore a red jumper, with the sleeves rolled up to his elbows, and dark trousers, appeared in the dock accompanied by five dock officers. He spoke just twice during the brief hearing.

The clerk asked the clean-shaven, bespectacled 6ft 4in defendant if he was Vincent Tabak. He leaned forward towards the dock glass and replied: “Yes, that is correct.”

An interpreter attended the court but Paul Cook, representing Tabak, said she was not required today but did not rule out the need at subsequent hearings.

Mr Cook said he would not be applying for bail today on behalf of his client, and Mrs Reddrop asked for a remand into custody and outlined the reasons.

The judge agreed and said: “I shall not grant Mr Tabak bail as there has not been a bail application. Mr Tabak will be remanded into custody until the next hearing, which is the preliminary hearing on January 31. You will appear before me next Monday morning at 10am when for a preliminary hearing which will set out a timetable for the trial of your case.”

Tabak first appeared before JPs at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with killing the 25-year-old landscape architect some time between December 16 and December 26.

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