Vincent Tabak found guilty of murdering Joanna Yeates
By AbigailEdge | Friday, October 28, 2011, 15:15
Vincent Tabak was today found guilty of murdering Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates as it was revealed that he had become obsessed with images of women being strangled during sex.
A jury of six men and six women announced a majority verdict (10-2) at Bristol Crown Court at around 3.15pm on the third day of deliberations.
Tabak has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 20 years.
It can now be revealed that in the weeks before throttling 25-year-old Miss Yeates at her flat in Canynge Road in Clifton, Tabak paid a prostitute having trawled escort and violent pornography websites.
Footage found on his laptops depicted women tied up in car boots – a chilling likeness to the way Tabak drove to Asda to buy beer, crisps and rock salt with Miss Yeates's body in the boot of his Renault Megane.
Three pictures also showed a blonde woman in a pink T-shirt and jeans closely resembling Miss Yeates on the night of her death, with her top pulled up in a similar pose to how Tabak dumped Miss Yeates’s body.
Miss Yeates's strangled and snow-covered body was found by dog walkers last Christmas Day in Longwood Lane, Failand,
Tabak, 33, had denied murder but admitted manslaughter, telling the court he had panicked after she rebuffed his attempts to kiss her.
The Dutch engineer, who never had a proper relationship until he met his girlfiend Tanja Morson online, was accused of misleading jurors by portraying himself as sexually inexperienced.
However, he regularly trawled the internet for sex websites, including redtube and checked out live chat, strippers and escorts.
Tabak paid for sex with a call girl while on a business trip to Los Angeles less than two weeks before killing Miss Yeates. He had also contacted prostitutes in Newcastle last year.
His depraved secrets were not heard by jurors trying him for murder.
But detectives privately believe he killed Miss Yeates in a bid to re-enact his violent perversions.
On the morning of her death Tabak logged on to a pornographic website and while there was no evidence of a sex attack on Miss Yeates, police believe he was aroused and gaining sexual gratification from the killing.
In the weeks after the murder, Tabak searched "Jo Yeates" on Google minutes before logging on to view several home-made sex videos.
Nigel Lickley QC, who made two failed applications to include the evidence in the prosecution case, told Bristol Crown Court how pornography depicting violence was found “in a series of films”.
“We submit that these images explain why he held Miss Yeates by the neck,” he told Mr Justice Field in the absence of the jury.