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Police guard the entrance to Joanna Yeates's flat in Bristol.
Police guard the entrance to Joanna Yeates's flat in Bristol.
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Joanna Yeates murder accused in court as body released to family

Court told that the pathologist has consented to the release of Yeates’s body to her family.
Jan 31st 2011, 2:15 PM 512 0

THE MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING Joanna Yeates last month has appeared in court in Bristol via video link.

Vincent Tabak, 32, only spoke briefly during today’s hearing, the PA reports.

Tabak, who lived in an apartment in the same building Yeates and her boyfriend Greg Reardon lived in, was arrested almost two weeks ago by police investigating her murder.

Landscape architect Yeates went missing from her apartment on Friday, 17 December, after going for Christmas drinks with work colleagues. Her frozen body was discovered a few miles from her home on Christmas Day. She had been strangled.

A post-mortem was carried out last week on behalf of Tabak’s defence team, and today in court Tabak’s lawyer said that the pathologist has consented to the release of the body to Yeates’s family.

There was no application for bail and the judge set a provisional trial date for 4 October.

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