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Jo Yeates: Pathologist Due To Give Evidence At Trial

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The pathologist who recorded 43 injuries on Joanna Yeates's body is to give evidence at her murder trial.

Dr Russell Delaney is said to have found 12 wounds to her head and neck, three to her trunk and 12 to her right arm.

Jurors are also due to hear evidence from Daniel Birch, the dog walker who discovered her frozen corpse on Christmas Day.

Mr Birch made the grim discovery during an early-morning wander in Failand, near Bristol.

Prosecution barrister Nigel Lickley QC says Mr Birch and his partner had opened presents early and set off for a walk.

"They walked past a mound of snow," Mr Lickley said. "Something triggered in the mind of the man.

"From a distance he saw features that indicated that a human body was buried in the snow... a patch of skin and some denim."

Vincent Tabak, 33 - who admits manslaughter but denies murdering 25-year-old Miss Yeates - was drinking champagne the night after her death, Bristol Crown Court has heard.

Miss Yeates, meanwhile, was said to have told friends she was "dreading" spending the weekend alone at her Clifton home on December 17 last year.

Hours later she was strangled to death by next-door neighbour Tabak, the jury was told.

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