Thursday 17 August 2017

Yeates was murdered for sex thrill, court told

Tom Morgan in London

Joanna Yeates's killer faced allegations yesterday that he strangled her for sexual thrills.

Vincent Tabak, who denies murder but admits man- slaughter, denied claims he had been aroused as he held her throat.

On his second day in the witness box, Mr Tabak (33) said he was attracted to Ms Yeates, but claimed sex was not on his mind.

He told Bristol Crown Court Ms Yeates had been cheery and happy while flirting with him before the attack.

He said he "cannot remember" how his arms were scarred, and denied claims there had been a struggle with the victim as he strangled her.

After Mr Tabak left the stand, forensic pathologist Dr Nat Cary said there was no evidence to suggest she had been sexually assaulted.

The court was adjourned until Monday.

Irish Independent

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