"We can't even make a consistent prognosis of her fate, including... whether she is alive or dead."
UPDATE JANUARY 2010 THE MCCANNS COULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD KIDNAPPING AND TRAFFICKING (Pt Prosecutor giving evidence in an ongoing case in Portugal where the McCanns are demanding ONE MILLION POUNDS IN DAMAGES FROM THE OFFICER WHO INVESTIGATED THEM!!!
22 Jan 2011
A RESULT FOR JO AND FOR JUSTICE TABAK CHARGED WITH HER MURDER
Vincent Tabak charged with the murder of Joanna Yeates
Detectives have been questioning the Dutch national for two days and had carried out an extensive search of his flat
A 32-year-old neighbour of landscape architect Joanna Yeates has been charged with her murder
in Bristol at Christmas, Avon and Somerset Police said tonight.
Vincent Tabak, a Dutch architectural engineer
who was arrested on Thursday, will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Monday accused of killing the 25-year-old.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the police inquiry, said tonight: "I would like to pay
tribute to Jo's family and Greg for their assistance
and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances."
"Their support to us has been invaluable."
Yeates' father hadsaid earlier today that his
daughter and her boyfriend Greg Reardon
had never mentioned Tabak. "As far as I know
their paths never crossed," said David Yeates.
He added: "It would be good if the person
they have arrested is the right one this time
simply because then we wouldn't have to go
through it all again. I have nothing personal
against this man – I don't know him. We are
just waiting now."
Tabak works in Bath for a company called
Buro Happold, and moved to Bristol in 2009
from Bath. Police began searching his
property, next door to Yeates' flat, on
Thursday after setting up a tarpaulin
supported by scaffolding outside the
property in Clifton, Bristol.
Police had been granted a 30 hour
extension to continue questioning Tabak
in advance of their decision to charge
him yesterday. Yeates' landlord,
Chris Jefferies, was arrested on
December 30 in connection with
the murder but was later released on bail.
Yeates was last seen alive on
Friday 17 December. She left the
Ram pub near Bristol city centre,
where she had been drinking with
colleagues and walked back to her
flat, stopping at three shops. After
a search, her body was found on
a rural roadside verge three miles
from her home. She had been strangled.
Speaking from his home in Romney,
Hampshire, David Yeates told of his
hope that the police had arrested his
daughter's killer, but said that neither
she nor the boyfriend she lived with had
ever mentioned Vincent Tabak.
He said: "I've seen him [Mr Tabak] just the
once, I've never spoken to him. I didn't
know his name, I didn't know what he did.
Jo and Greg never mentioned him, they
didn't socialise. As far as I know their paths
never crossed. Their firms might have
worked together but I have no idea about that
– Jo never mentioned anything."
Mr Tabak, 32, lived with Tanja Morson, 34,
his US-born financial analyst girlfriend,
in a flat next door to the apartment which
Miss Yeates shared with her boyfriend,
Greg Reardon. The two flats in Canynge
Road, Bristol, were even connected by a
blocked-up doorway, but it has not
previously been known whether the
couples knew one another.
Mr Tabak, a Dutch architect who has
been described as quiet, studious and
polite, was arrested at 2am on Thursday after police investigating the murder reportedly received an anonymous telephone tip-off from a sobbing woman who had been moved by a television appeal by the parents of 25-year-old Miss Yeates.
Detectives had until late last night to
or release Mr Tabak or to apply for an
extension to his custody. If they used
their full 96 hours permitted in law to
question him, he would have to be
charged or released by early tomorrow
Officers arrested Mr Tabak in the top flat
of a converted Victorian house in Cotham,
Bristol, less than a mile away from the
murder scene in Clifton.
The flat, in Aberdeen Road, is co-owned
by Emily Williams, 31, a friend of
Miss Morson's who has been travelling
in Chile since early this month, and her
sister Lucy Williams, who lives in London.
Michael Williams, the father of the two
sisters, said that Mr Tabak's girlfriend
had been anxious to move out of her
own flat because of its proximity to the
scene of the unsolved murder.
Speaking at his home in Magor, south
Mr Williams told The Sunday Telegraph:
"I know Emily was friends with Tanja.
She worked with her a couple of years
ago at Dyson. I don't know her circle of
friends but I know of Tanja. Emily said
Tanja was in the flat next door to
Joanna Yeates. She mentioned
Tanja and her boyfriend. "I know Tanja said that Joanna was murdered and she didn't want to go back to her flat. Emily told me this before she went to Chile." One neighbour in Canynge Road said she thought she had last seen Mr Tabak and Miss Molson "a few weeks ago", in contrast with earlier reports that she had not been seen in the area for months and that the couple may have split up.Mr Tabak was often seen cycling in the Clifton area. Another neighbour said she was not aware that he had a car, adding: "I think he cycles to Clifton Down train station on his way to work in Bath."
Mr Tabak's arrest followed the filming
of a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction,
due to be screened on Wednesday,
and an emotional appeal by Miss Yeates'
parents, David, 63, and Theresa, 58.
Both events have prompted over 300
calls from the public.
In the appeal, the bereaved couple
said: "If you know something and do
not come forward you are consciously
hampering the apprehension of Jo's
killer and the perpetrator is still free.
You will also be prolonging the torment of
Jo's family and friends."
The arrest as just the latest twist in
Operation Braid, the police code name
for the murder investigation.
Relatives of Mr Tabak yesterday
told this newspaper that they are
convinced he is not a murderer.
Speaking at her home in Doornenburg,
near Arnhem, Pauline Tabak, the suspect's
sister-in-law, said: "He is a kind, friendly,
intelligent guy. He is well-educated and
has a good family and a good job. He is
not capable of murdering anybody –
absolutely not. He is a sweet, gentle
"We can't say any more until Vincent
gives us more information that he wants
us to pass on. But there is no way he
murdered that young woman. We are
totally convinced that he is innocent."
Tabak's brother, Marcek, who is
separated from Pauline but lives
nearby, also said Vincent Tabak was
innocent. "I am shocked that he has
been accused of murder," he said.
"He is a nice man. They have got
the wrong guy."
Local people in the Clifton area of
Bristol also said they were surprised by
the development. Mandy Golledge,
who runs The Mall Newsagent in
Clifton, said she was stunned by
the arrest and described Tabak as
"Him and his girlfriend are a nice couple,"
she said. "They often came in on a
Saturday for the paper.
"He seems like a very gentle, nice man. I haven't seen them recently but then locals have said he's been away since before Christmas.
"It's a bit of a shock, as everyone
who has been in the frame is a
customer of mine." Since Mr Tabak's arrest on Thursday, another witness claims to have heard cries from the building where Miss Yeates lived on the night she was arrested. A resident in a building directly behind 44 Canynge Road has told police he heard a woman screaming "Help me" on the night Miss Yeates went missing.
Miss Yeates was last seen on the
evening of Dec 17 when she left the
Ram pub in the centre of Bristol at
around 8pm after drinking with friends,
to walk the 20-minute journey home
to Clifton. Around 8.30 she is known
to have used her mobile phone to ring
her best friend Rebecca Scott and
arrange to meet on Christmas Eve.
Ten minutes later she stopped at a
Tesco Express on Regent Street in
Clifton, around a quarter of a mile
from her home, where she bought
a pizza. Police have since revealed
that Miss Yeates did not eat the
pizza, and the wrapping and the
box are still missing.
She then visited an off-licence to
buy some cider before returning to
her flat. A receipt from Tesco was
found in the flat along with a cream
-coloured coat she had been wearing
and her mobile phone and keys.
Mrs Yeates was officially reported
missing by her boyfriend on Dec 19
after he returned to Bristol from a
weekend away visiting relatives in
Over the next five days Mr Reardon
and Miss Yeates' parents made a
series of appeals for information,
before dog walkers discovered her
frozen body on Christmas Day.
Three days later an autopsy confirmed
that Miss Yeates died of strangulation.
On Dec 29, it was reported that
Chris Jefferies, 65, her landlord,
who lived in the same block of flats,
saw her leave her home with two
people on the night she disappeared.
He later denied the sighting.
The following day, Mr Jefferies was
arrested at his house at 7am on
suspicion of murdering Miss Yeates
and was taken to a police station for
questioning. Detectives were
subsequently granted more time to
question him after it emerged that he
helped Mr Reardon to start his car just
hours before his girlfriend vanished.
A day later Mr Jefferies was released
on police bail and detectives publicly
warned women not to walk home
alone after dark, stating that the killer
remained at large.
On January 5th, police announced that
Miss Yeates' body was found with a
missing sock and also revealed that
she was not wearing boots or coat
but that these were found at her
home in Bristol.
Two weeks later on Jan 21 it was
reported that traces of DNA were
found on the victim's breast, stomach
and jeans and are thought to be from
her attacker's saliva. The DNA profiles
may be able to rule out suspects but
may not be sufficient to link them to a