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Joanna Yeates Murder Trial: Autopsy Picture Shown In Court

The mother of Joanna Yeates has wept as a picture of her daughter's body was shown to a jury.

Teresa Yeates looked away and was comforted by her husband David as the harrowing photograph was shown at Bristol Crown Court.

The mortuary image showed the 25-year-old landscape architect lying fully clothed in the foetal position with her pink top pushed up, exposing her bra.

As Mr Yeates supported his wife, he looked over his shoulder from the public gallery towards defendant Vincent Tabak, 33, who was sitting in the dock.

The Dutch engineer, who denies Miss Yeates's murder, kept his head bowed and placed his hands on the top of his head.

The photograph - along with others - had been shown to the jury on Friday but Mr and Mrs Yeates were not in court.

On Tuesday, the picture was shown during the evidence of forensic scientist Tanya Nickson, who had examined blood stains found on a wall next to where Miss Yeates had been found on Christmas morning on Longwood Lane, in Failand, North Somerset.

She said the blood pattern indicated smearing rather than splattering - meaning it was unlikely that Miss Yeates had been assaulted on Longwood Lane.

Ms Nickson told the jury: "The presence of the blood on the top of the wall may indicate that an attempt was made to deposit the body over the top of the wall."