Joanna Yeates: Sun Clears Chris Jefferies In Jo’s Garden
JOANNA Yeates: One day one from the police’s appeal – via Teresa Yeates (Joanna’s mother) – the papers lead with news of “Jo” and a new development in the hunt for her killer. And the shock news is that Chris Jefferies appears to have been cleared by the Sun – one of the papers that monstrered him.
The Sun (front page): “Jo cops close to breakthrough”
Daily Mirror (front page): “New Jo lead”
Joanna Yeates is the red-tops’ “Jo”, just as Madeleine McCann became our Maddie. She now only has a first name, like a Hollywood great or a family pet.
But there is no news of what the breakthrough is. This is just news that there might be a breakthrough.
Police believe her body was carried from her flat in a large suitcase or holdall. And they are scouring CCTV footage for motorists carrying a big bag in their car…The suitcase theory arose due to a lack of drag marks on Jo’s body or clothing.
What about a rug? What about the killer carrying her?
The speculation continues:
But because there are 25 strides between her door and the road, they are convinced a case or large holdall was used to conceal the movement.
In one paragraph what the police believe becomes the police being convinced. What else?
A police insider said: “It would be strange if someone was able to move a body without being spotted. But someone carrying a bag or pulling a suitcase on wheels would not have stood out. It was the weekend before Christmas so a lot of people were going away for the holiday.”
Someone carrying a bag containing a 8st-10st woman would not have stood out, even in bad lighting? (Liz Jones looks as though she weighs less.) And we do know it is one killer the police are hunting because in that press conference appeal, Mrs Yeates spoke of looking for “someone”.
Nine stones is 126 pounds. That’s 57.2kgs. Ryan Air, for examples, allows its passengers to check in bags weighing 15kg or 20kg. Are they heavy? Yes. Now picture the woman or man pulling the bag that weighs almost 60kgs along a busy street and not standing out.
Why not try to picture Chris Jefferies carrying such a bag?
Oliver Cullen used to own two flats in the same building and has known the bachelor for many years. I don’t believe for one minute that Chris has done this,” he said. “He would not be physically capable for one thing. He only weighs about 11 stones. He would not have the strength to do something like that. “He is a nice man. A bit vocal perhaps and certainly rather eccentric, but he was just an old-school teacher really.”
So much for the evidence. What of the mawkish news? The Mirror tells readers:
Jo Yeates’ drawings inspire her own memorial
Or as Krissy Storrar reports:
Jo helped put together the plans for Bristol’s £430million Southmead Hospital, which is set to open in 2014. Now NHS chiefs plan to honour her with a memorial at the new hospital – using her designs.
Do they? Or were they just asked a question and felt compelled to respond?
North Bristol NHS Trust boss Ruth Brunt said: “We would be happy to work with BDP, Joanna’s employer, to consider something that would commemorate her life.”
The Star’s Jerry Lawton hears the same news and interprets it as:
MURDERED landscape architect Joanna Yeates is to be honoured with a memorial in the gardens she created for a hospital.
Television crews reconstructing the last known movements of Jo Yeates are using Hollywood techniques to recreate the snow-covered ground where she was found murdered, it emerged today.
Producers of Crimewatch drafted in special effects firm Snowbusiness to cover Longwood Lane near Failand, Bristol, with fake snow.
The Gloucestershire-based firm has worked on the sets of films such as the Harry Potter series, Gladiator and The Day After Tomorrow.