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Vincent Tabak found guilty of the murder of Joanna Yeates

The 25-year-old architect was murdered by her Dutch neighbour in December of last year.

Murdered Joanna Yeates, pictured here in June 2010.
Murdered Joanna Yeates, pictured here in June 2010.
Image: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images via PA

DUTCHMAN VINCENT TABAK has been found guilty of the murder of architect Joanna Yeates at her home in Bristol, south-west England last December.

Tabak, 33, was convicted with a majority verdict of 10-2 by a jury at Bristol Crown Court this afternoon and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 20 years, according to Sky News.

Yeates, 25, went missing just before Christmas last year after being out drinking with work colleagues on 17 December before returning home to her flat in Clifton.

It was there that she encountered her neighbour Tabak who she invited into her flat for drinks. After the pair spoke, the court heard how he attempted to kiss her but she resisted his advances.

He strangled her in what the sentencing judge said was a killing which had a “sexual element”. Her body was later left on a roadside verge near Bristol airport where it was found on Christmas day.

BBC News reports that after Tabak murdered Yeates, he viewed internet pornography depicting violence against women.

At a press conference after the verdict was handed down, Yeates parents are reported by Sky News’ Martin Brunt to have said that they regretted that capital punishment was not an option and hoped that Tabak’s life in prison is a “living hell”.

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