Dutchman in British court on murder charge

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Dutch engineer appeared in a British court on Monday charged with the murder of his next-door neighbour Joanna Yeates, in a high-profile case which has captivated the country.

Vincent Tabak, 32, was remanded in custody at Bristol Magistrates' Court in southwest England charged with killing the 25-year-old landscape architect.

Tabak is understood to have been arrested on Thursday at an address about a mile (1.6 kilometres) from his home, where he is thought to have been staying.

He was remanded in custody for a week to appear next at Bristol Crown Court on the murder charge, but the court was told he may also have to appear at the court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

Yeates disappeared on December 17 on her way home after a visit to a pub.

Her frozen body was found dumped in a country road on December 25, sparking a massive manhunt. A post-mortem found she had been strangled.

Tabak is registered as living with his girlfriend in the neigbouring flat to Yeates and her boyfriend in Bristol.

Police carried out days of forensic tests in the building following his arrest.

© 2011 AFP

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