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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies concludes tonight on ITV and viewers are curious to know what happened to Joanna Yeates real killer, Vincent Tabak, who is played by Broadchurch’s Joe Sims in the film. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Where is killer Vincent Tabak now?
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies is a dramatisation of what happened to retired school teacher Christopher Jefferies, who was initially a suspect in the murder of Joanna Yeates.
On December 17, 2010, Joanna Yeates, a 25-year-old landscape architect, went missing after a night out with colleagues.
Police issued CCTV footage of Yeates visiting Waitrose, an off-licence and a Tesco Express on her way home from the Bristol Ram Pub on Park Street on December 17, to help in the appeal for information.
There was no evidence of forced entry or a struggle in Yeates’ home and investigators pursued the idea she may have known her abductor.
After public appeals, searches and police enquiries, her body was found on Christmas Day 2010 in Failand, North Somerset, three miles from her home.
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A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death was strangulation.
Shortly after 7am on December 30, 2010, Yeates’ landlord and neighbour, 65-year-old Jefferies was arrested and questioned by police as a suspect in her murder.
He was released on January 2, 2011, on bail and on March 4, 2011 police officially released Jeffries from bail and without charge.
Jeffries was vilified in the media, particularly regarding his eccentric appearance, even after he had been released on bail by the police.
He later brought a successful libel action against eight tabloid publications over their coverage of his arrest, receiving an undisclosed sum.
Yeates real killer, Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak was arrested five weeks after her death on January 20, 2011.
He was arrested after an anonymous caller tipped off the police, following another televised appeal by Yeates’s parents.
Tabak had originally been ruled out as a suspect early in the investigation.
In late December, he even contacted Avon and Somerset Police in an attempt to frame Jefferies, telling them Jefferies had used his car on the evening of December 17, 2010, something which Jefferies denied.
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He even met with DC Karen Thomas at Amsterdam Schiphol airport where he gave more statements, but Thomas soon became suspicious as what Tabak said contradicted his original statements and they became wary of his interest in the forensics of the case.
Tapak, 32, was Yeates’s next-door neighbour and after two days of questioning, he was charged on January 22, 2011, with her murder.
On May 5, 2011, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murdering Yeates.
After a lengthy trial, he was found guilty on October 28, 2011, and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.
At his trial, the prosecution argued Tabak had strangled Yeates and then tried to conceal the crime by disposing of her body.
They also argued he had attempted to implicate Jefferies in the murder.
In his defence, Tabak claimed the killing was not sexually motivated and he had killed Yeates when he tried to silence her, after she screamed when he tried to kiss her.
In a report by the BBC, Tabak denied suggestions of a struggle in court and tried to dispose of Yeates body in “state of panic.”
He is allegedly serving his 20-year sentence at HM Prison, Wakefield.
HM Prison Wakefield is a Category A men’s prison in West Yorkshire, England.
Wakefield prison is also known as ‘Monster Mansion’ due to the high number of high-profile murders and sex offenders held there.
Notable current inmates include Ian Watkins, the former lead singer and lyricist of Lostprophets, who was convicted of several sex offences and Mark Bridger who murdered 5-year-old April Jones in 2013.
Former inmates include Ian Huntley, Dr Harold Shipman and Colin Ireland.
In March 2015, Tabak pleaded guilty to possessing more than 100 indecent images of children and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, to run concurrently with his existing life sentence for the murder of Yeates.
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies concludes tonight at 9pm on ITV
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