Joanna Yeates Trial: Vincent Tabak Weeps As Pictures Of Her Body Shown To Jury
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The man standing trial for the murder of Joanna Yeates wept as pictures of her frozen body in a "foetal-type" position were shown to a court on Friday.
Vincent Tabak admits manslaughter but denies murdering the architect on 17 December 2010.
At the fifth day of his trial, jurors heard how forensic officers had to use a broom handle to help recover her corpse from a country, after she was discovered by dog walkers on Christmas Day.
Daniel Birch and his wife Rebecca were out walking their labrador Roxy in the Failand of North Somerset shortly before 09:00 when they discovered a "lump" at the side of Longwood lane.
In a police statement, which was read out to the jury, Daniel said: "After walking for about 100 metres I saw a lump in the snow and what appeared to be a denim jeans pocket on the left-hand verge. I didn't think about it straight away and continued walking. After about 10 paces, my mind was saying 'that's a body' to me."
He handed his dog's lead to his wife before turning round to inspect the body and discovered Yeates lying adjacent to the road with her knees pointing towards a quarry wall.
Her right arm was bent around her head and her pink top had been pulled over her head exposing her stomach and bra. Her right sock had also been removed.
The court was shown a close-up image of Yeates' face which was framed by her blood-stained short blonde hair. Her eyes were closed and red bruise marks were visible on her chin and neck, the court was told.
Dr Russell Delaney, the pathologist who recorded the 43 injuries on the 25-year-old's body, gave evidence at the trial shortly before the photographs were shown.
Delaney told the court the injuries were inflicted while Yeates was still alive as "bruising only occurs when the heart is beating".
Forensic officer Andrew Mott, who reached the scene after police arrived shortly after 9am, told how he tried to prevent Miss Yeates's body thawing out.
Tabak's defence QC, William Clegg, questioned why photographs were not taken of a broom being used to arrange straps underneath the body so her body could be taken away.
"I can't comment on why that was the case," Mr Mott said.
"The straps that we used are hooked around the broom so it would have to be the straps that come into contact with the body."
On Thursday, after walking round Yeates' flat, the court heard that she had apparently been "dreading" spending the weekend alone in her house in Clifton as her boyfriend had gone away for a couple of days.
Footage of Yeates' last hours was played to the court, which showed her in the Ram pub having drinks with work colleagues.
Hours later she was strangled to death. Bristol Crown Court also heard that the 33-year-old alleged killer was out drinking champagne the night after her death.