Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frozen in Time: The Flat Where Jo Died

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Frozen in Time: The Flat Where Jo Died

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

JURORS today visited the flat where Joanna Yeates was strangled to death by her next-door neighbour Vincent Tabak. Like a moment frozen in time, her home has been poignantly preserved with personal belongings and Christmas decorations since the day she was killed in December.

The 25-year-old landscape architect's size five running shoes and snow boots are in the yellow painted entrance hall. There were also two litter trays for her cat Bernard, coats are hung up on the pegs -- everything is spotless.

This was the sight which greeted the Bristol crown court jury as, for 22 minutes, they examined every part of the Bristol flat she shared with boyfriend Greg Reardon. First they were brought into the hall where Mr Reardon first suspected something terrible may have happened to Miss Yeates, pictured, while he had been away visiting his parents.

The jury was taken into the living room where a roll of unused wrapping paper lay under a table, as well as an unopened box of Christmas crackers and shelves adorned with tinsel. In the Continued on Page 5

Continued from Page 1 kitchen they looked through the window where, it is believed Miss Yeates first saw Tabak that night -- minutes before he entered the flat and strangled her as she fought back desperately.

The jury was also briefly shown the garden flat where Tabak, 33 a Dutch engineer, lived with his girlfriend Tanja Morson. Earlier, amid a heavy police presence, Mr Justice Field led the six man, six woman jury panel as they retraced her steps through the Clifton district of the city.

The sombre day started when they filed onto a coach outside court for the short journey to the flat.

They passed the Bristol Ram pub where Miss Yeates had spent the early part of the evening of her life drinking and laughing with work colleagues.

Police cordoned off the street to keep press and public well back as the jurors, lawyers, court officials and Mr Justice Field took in the surroundings. Before the visit, the judge told them: "Various things will be pointed out to you. If you don't quite follow what you are being asked to look at or you miss something you may ask for clarification but you must not ask any other questions. …

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