Thursday 23 March 2017

Yeates suffered slow death with 43 injuries

Terri Judd in London

Joanna Yeates fought a desperate battle for life as she suffered 43 injuries at the hands of her neighbour, a court heard yesterday.

The landscape architect (25) endured a slow and painful death as she was strangled by "cold and calculated" killer Vincent Tabak, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Following his arrest, Mr Tabak kept his crime secret for six weeks before confessing to a prison chaplain, it was alleged.

The Dutch engineer (33) was said to have used his height and build to overpower Ms Yeates's 5ft 4in frame at her flat in Clifton, Bristol.

She fought for her life for some time as he pinned her to the floor by her wrists, said Nigel Lickley, counsel for the prosecution.

"There was a violent struggle by Miss Yeates to survive, he might have let go but he did not. He knew that Ms Yeates was in pain and struggling to breathe. "We suggest he did not panic or lose control. He was controlled and calculated."

The case continues. (© Independent News Service)

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