Neighbour in court charged with murdering Joanna Yeates

By Mark Hughes,Crime Correspondent
Monday 24 January 2011 01:00
Joanna Yeates' body was found dumped on a verge in  Somerset on Christmas Day
Joanna Yeates' body was found dumped on a verge in Somerset on Christmas Day

Vincent Tabak, the Dutch neighbour of Joanna Yeates, will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court this morning charged with murdering the 25-year-old architect, who went missing on 17 December and whose body was found on Christmas Day.

Tabak, 32, an engineer, was arrested by Avon and Somerset Police in the early hours of Thursday and was held for three days before being charged on Saturday night.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the inquiry, said: "We have charged Vincent Tabak with the murder of Joanna Yeates. I would like to pay tribute to Jo's family and Greg [her boyfriend] for their assistance and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances. Their support to us has been invaluable.

"I would also like to thank the general public for their help and the information they continue to provide to the investigation, and the residents of Canynge Road for their co-operation and patience."

Jo's father, David Yeates, said: "We are feeling pleased, but it won't bring our daughter back. But under the circumstances we are getting a trial."

Mr Tabak returned to the Netherlands over Christmas. His brother Marcel, who lives in Doornenburg, east of Amsterdam, said: "His behaviour was normal. He's a lovely guy – mild-mannered and very friendly."