Joanna Yeates suspect faces court


The Dutch man accused of killing landscape architect Joanna Yeates has appeared in court

The next-door neighbour of Joanna Yeates has appeared in court accused of her murder.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak was remanded in custody at Bristol Magistrates’ Court charged with killing the 25-year-old landscape architect.

Tabak, 32, of Canynge Road, Clifton, Bristol, who works at Buro Happold in Bath, was arrested last Thursday.

It is understood he was detained at an address in Aberdeen Road, Cotham, about a mile from his home, where he is thought to have been staying.

He was remanded in custody for a week to appear next at Bristol Crown Court on the murder charge, but the court was told that he may also appear at the crown court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

The defendant spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, and no details of the prosecution case against him were given in court.

Takab was charged with murdering Miss Yeates sometime between December 16 and December 26. She disappeared on December 17 and her body was discovered on Christmas Day.

A Dutch interpreter was present but Tabak did not appear to have any difficulty understanding proceedings during the two-minute hearing.

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

He lived next door to Miss Yeates with his girlfriend Tanja Morson, an analyst for Dyson, in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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