Joanna Yeates parents want to see suspect Vincent Tabak
The parents of Joanna Yeates said they want to come face to face with the man accused of killing their daughter.
Vincent Tabak, 32, a Dutch national, who lived next door to Miss Yeates in the Clifton area of Bristol, will appear before the city’s Magistrates Court on Monday charged with murdering the 25-year-old landscape architect.
He was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning following a month long police investigation.
Detectives questioned the former PhD student for three days before announcing he had been charged with her murder on Saturday night.
David and Theresa Yeates yesterday expressed their relief following the latest development in the case and said they want to face Tabak in court when he appears.
Speaking from their home in Ampsfield, Hants, Mr Yeates, 63, an IT professional said: "We don't yet know if we will go to Magistrates' Court…but we do want to see Vincent Tabak sometime.
"I believe he will probably be sent to Crown Court next week and we will go to that hearing.”
Meanwhile relatives of Mr Tabak were yesterday preparing to travel to Britain to visit him. They have expressed their deep shock at his arrest and have protested his innocence.
Mr and Mrs Yeates also said they hoped their daughter’s body could now be released so they could go ahead with her funeral, but admitted it will be the “worst day of our lives”.
Describing their constant struggle to come to terms with her death, Mr Yeates said: “Nothing will ever bring Jo back - we will always have this massive loss in our lives.
“I know time is supposed to heal some things but I cannot believe anything will ever change our feeling of loss. The most important thing now to us is Jo's funeral.
"We have a date in mind for Jo's funeral and all the paperwork is being done for her to come back here - she is going through the official process.
"Her funeral will also be closure on a certain part of the process we find ourselves in and it is something we have to go through. It will be the worst day of our lives.”
Miss Yeates disappeared on December 17 following an early evening drink with colleagues at the Bristol Ram pub in the city centre.
Police confirmed that she had returned home to the flat in Canynge Road, Clifton, where she lived with her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27, as her keys, mobile phone, purse and coat were all found there.
She was reported missing on Sunday December 19 when Mr Reardon returned home from a weekend in Sheffield where he had been visiting his bother.
Miss Yeates’s snow-covered body was discovered by dog walkers on Christmas Day around three miles away in Longwood Lane in the village of Failand. She had been strangled.
Tabak, who came to the UK three years ago after landing a job with a Bath based architectural firm Buro Happold, lived in the adjoining flat to Miss Yeats and Mr Reardon with his girlfriend Tanja Morson.
He was arrested at an address in nearby Aberdeen Road, which is understood to belong to Emily Williams, a former colleague of Miss Morson’s, who is currently travelling in Chile.
Mr Yeates, 58, said he did not believe Tabak and their daughter knew each other socially or professionally and had never mentioned him to them.
He said: "I've seen him just the once, I've never spoken to him. I didn't know his name, I didn't know what he did.
"Jo and Greg never mentioned him, they didn't socialise. As far as I know their paths never crossed.
"Their firms might have worked together but I have no idea about that - Jo never mentioned anything."
Mrs Yeates, 58, added: "Although I did not recognise Vincent Tabak when I saw his picture I believe I may have seen him once on one of my three visits to see Jo there as I did see people in the vicinity of his flat."