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Computers reveal Tabak had fetish for violent porn and escorts

Terri Judd

Published 29/10/2011 | 05:00

When Vincent Tabak told friends at a dinner party soon after Joanna Yeates's death that her killer must have been a "detached, crazy" person, it would have seemed an innocent contribution to a lively debate. No one at the table thought that he, more than anyone else, knew the truth.

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After all, the 33-year-old Dutchman, above, appeared polite, hard working and highly educated. He was noted for his cheerful nature.

Yet the seemingly devoted boyfriend was in fact a fan of submission pornography. His computers revealed violent images of females being held by the neck, degraded and sexually abused. He surfed sex sites for escorts, using the cover of business trips.

He had been looking at online pornography the morning of December 17, 2010 -- the day that prosecutors said he turned from "observer to participator", and murdered Ms Yeates.

His double life can only be revealed now, after a jury yesterday rejected his claim that he had strangled his 25-year-old neighbour to death by mistake. After three weeks of evidence and 14 hours of deliberation, jurors found him guilty of murder by a majority of 10 to two.

Tabak hung his head in the dock when he was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years as police revealed that his DNA had been sent out to forces around the UK, as well as his native Holland.

New evidence also revealed that, just weeks before the murder, Tabak had met escorts during a six-week business trip to Los Angeles. He had also perused websites offering sex and made phone calls to escort agencies while on another business trip to Newcastle six months earlier. (© Independent News Service)

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