Joanna Yeates: Vincent Tabak Is Damned By Prescriptive Texting
“KILLER DOID XMAS SHOP WITH JO’S BODY IN BOOT” – Daily Star
“KILLER WENT SHOPPING WITH JO’S BODY IN HIS BOOT” – Daily Mirror
“Tabka strangled Jon and then texted his girlfriend I’M BORED” – The Sun
“Killer went shopping with body in cart boot” – Daily Express
The victim was strangled.
Prosecuting counsel says Jo’s death was “uncomfortable and painful”. It was not “instantaneous”.
Her body had marks on both writes. She had 43 separate injuries.
She was clothed. Her jeans had not been undone. But her bra had been puyshedf up over part of her right breast.
Tabak’s DNA was found on Jo’s breast and on her jeans at the back of her knee.
Nigel Lickley QC (prosecuting):
”There was a violent struggle by Miss Yeates to survive. ‘He might have let go but he did not. He knew that Miss Yeates was in pain but struggling to breathe.”
“…He was in complete control and knew what he was doing. At the same time, he knew Joanna Yeates was resisting and fighting for her life. Her injuries are consistent with her struggle, her desperate struggle.”
“…You have to determine his state of mind when he killed Joanna Yeates, including the time leading up to her death and what he wanted to do when he held her throat for long enough and with sufficient force to kill her.
“He was in control at that stage. He could have stopped but he didn’t. He didn’t panic or lose control at that time. He was controlled and calculating. You have seen him on film (CCTV) shortly afterwards making decisions and beginning to cover his tracks.”
“….It is a striking feature of this case that, as one young man became more and more worried in his flat about his missing girlfriend, there on the other side of the common wall was her killer.”
After killed Miss Yeates Tabak texted his girlfriend Tanja Morson:
“Miss you loads. It’s boring here without you Vxx”.
Later he texted:
“How are you? I’m at the Asda buying some crisis. Was bored. Can’t wait to pick you up.’’
Prosecutors say the word “crisis” in the text may have been a macabre Freudian slip typed in error by Tabak, 33, as he tried to find somewhere to dump his victim’s body.
He is damned by prescriptive texts.
He emailed his lover:
“The whole situation is very mysterious. What happened to the pizza, and more importantly, what happened to her????”
Another online chat went:
Tabak: “Hi gorgeous I am not sure why I am at work. Missing you, hope you are able to do some work. I am not sure what, if I am, going to tell my colleagues. Don’t want to upset them too, it’s such a horrible thing to be thinking of. Maybe I’m just going to tell them that I’m not feeling OK, which is somewhat the truth. Love you.”
Morson:”I don’t feel funny about our home but I don’t want to walk home alone or be at home alone. If I think something bad had happened in that flat I really want to move ASAP.”
Tabak: “Too scary.”
Tabak: “I will make sure you are not home alone or have to walk alone. Let’s hope nothing bad happened and she is discovered healthy and well.”
CCTV footage played to jurors showed Vincent Tabak, 33, at a store in Bedminster, Bristol. He bought crisps, rock salt and beer before dumping the 25-year-old landscape architect’s corpse in a country lane, jurors were told on the first day of his murder trial.
In the days and weeks following Yeates’s death, while police were still looking for leads, Tabak is alleged to have searched the internet the legal definitions of murder and manslaughter – and the different sentences imposed for the crimes. He is also said to have Googled “body decomposition time”.
The Telegraph reports:
He also tried to “mislead and manipulate” the police by attempting to shift the blame on to his landlord, Christopher Jefferies, the court heard.
That would be the Jefferies given the Full Murat by the press, including the Telegraph which opined
“…has been described by pupils at Clifton College where he worked for 30 years as a fan of dark and violent avant garde films.”
The case continues…