Monday 27 March 2017

Joanna Yeates strangled with just one hand – court told

Joanna Yeates
Joanna Yeates

Tom Morgan

Joanna Yeates's killer may have used just one hand to strangle her, a court heard today.

Pathologist Russell Delaney said he "cannot exclude the use of one hand" as the claim was made by Vincent Tabak's QC William Clegg.



During cross-examination of Dr Delaney, Mr Clegg said: "My suggestion is that the injuries are consistent with being caused by one hand - a hand larger than the average hand perhaps."



Miss Yeates suffered 43 injuries at the hands of Tabak at her flat in Clifton, Bristol, on December 17, Bristol Crown Court has heard.



Mr Clegg asked whether it would have been impossible for Miss Yeates to scream as her neck was being squeezed.



"That would depend on the nature of the neck compression," Dr Delaney replied.



The lawyer asked again if her injuries were consistent with being strangled with one hand.



Dr Delaney replied: "Or two, yes."



Tabak, 33, admits manslaughter but denies murdering 25-year-old Miss Yeates.



Blood found on Miss Yeates's pink T-shirt may have been deposited after her death, Dr Delaney added.



Dr Delaney took to the witness box for a second day as bereaved boyfriend Greg Reardon prepared to give evidence.



Mr Reardon and Rebecca Scott, a close friend of the couple, will be asked about their last contact with Miss Yeates.



On the night of her death, she is said to have told a colleague she was dreading being without Mr Reardon for the weekend while he visited family in Sheffield.



Miss Yeates's body was found "in a foetal-type position" on Christmas Day by dog walker Daniel Birch.



Mr Birch and his wife, Rebecca, spotted the pocket of her denim jeans exposed through the snow as they walked their chocolate Labrador Roxy along Longwood Lane, Failand, Somerset.



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