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- 1 November 2011, 14:59
Child Abuse Images On Murderer's Laptop
Murderer Vincent Tabak kept images of children being sexually abused on his laptop computer, it has emerged.
The killer was given a life sentence on Friday - with a minimum 20-year term - after a jury found him guilty of strangling 25-year-old landscape architect Joanna Yeates.
It was revealed after his conviction at Bristol Crown Court that the Dutch engineer was obsessed with images of women being strangled during sex and had a taste for violent pornography and prostitutes.
The jury had not been told about the parallels which the material found had with the way Miss Yeates died - including pornography that depicted blonde women being throttled during sex or bundled into car boots.
And it has now come to light that 30 images of youngsters being sexually abused were among those found by police on the hard drives of computers used by 33-year-old Tabak.
An officer involved in the investigation from Avon and Somerset Police, who asked not to be named, told the Bristol Evening Post that officers wanted to clear up speculation surrounding these "other matters".
"Tabak had 30 images depicting child pornography on his laptop computer at home," he said.
"They were all category four images."
The officer added that Tabak's conviction for murder and life sentence meant it was unlikely the Crown Prosecution Service would take action.
There are five levels of seriousness for offences involving indecent photographs of children, which start with images depicting "erotic posing with no sexual activity".
Category four images depict penetrative sexual activity involving a child or children, or both children and adults.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the murder investigation, confirmed:"During the examination of Vincent Tabak's computer, other material was found.
"We have referred this matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for initial guidance.
"Once referred to the CPS they will consider a number of criteria before charging someone with an offence. This includes whether it is in the public interest to do so."
Miss Yeates' parents said after his conviction that they hoped Tabak endured a "living hell" and expressed their "regret" he could not be sentenced to death.
Mmmm so five levels of seriousness concerning photographs. The first one being of erotic poses with no sexual activity, so there are others who believe that erotic posing is child pornography. I shall say no more.
Not one more cent from me.
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.Jo Yeates's landlord Chris Jefferies 'getting on with life'
The landlord of Jo Yeates has said he is reaching the point where he can get on with his life again.
Christopher Jefferies, who lived in the flat above the Bristol landscape architect, was the subject of lurid newspaper headlines after his arrest on suspicion of her murder.
Miss Yeates's neighbour Vincent Tabak was last week convicted of murdering the 25-year-old on 17 December 2010.
Mr Jefferies also expressed dismay at plans to change laws on legal aid.
Miss Yeates, originally from Ampfield in Hampshire, was found dead on Christmas Day last year.
Mr Jefferies, who lived above Miss Yeates and her boyfriend Greg Reardon in Canynge Road, Clifton, was arrested on suspicion of murder on 30 December.
He spent three days in police custody and was eventually released from police bail in March.
Miss Yeates's body was discovered on Christmas Day
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about his ordeal with elements of the press and the police, Mr Jefferies said: "It has taken up a whole year virtually of my life, that period of time has meant that everything else that I would normally be doing has been in abeyance.
"But, fortunately, I think I'm approaching the point at which I can start to take up the reins from the end of last year."
Mr Jefferies accepted an apology and "substantial" libel damages from the Sun, Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Record, Daily Express, Daily Star and the Scotsman for their coverage after his arrest.
The former English teacher told the programme of his dismay at government plans to change laws on legal aid, which ministers say will end for most family cases, clinical negligence and employment disputes in England and Wales.
Currently anyone with disposable assets of less than £8,000 can qualify for aid, but that could be lowered to £1,000.
'Tissue of fabrications'
Mr Jefferies said: "I think there is absolutely no question that I wouldn't have been able to take the action that I did because at the moment, one is able to take out a conditional fee agreement [no win, no fee] and that means that the lawyer's success fees, which are a percentage of the total legal costs of taking the action, will be paid by the other side and one won't be responsible for those.
"Because these cases can be dragged out over considerable periods of time, particularly if they go to court, then legal fees are astronomic.
"One couldn't begin to potentially expose oneself to the risk of having to pay tens if not hundreds of thousands of pounds in advance."
Mr Jefferies, who taught at the Bristol public school Clifton College for 34 years, said he only learned about "lurid" press coverage about him "considerably after" he was released from custody.
"During the time that I was in custody, the solicitor who was representing me had very wisely decided that it was certainly not a good idea that I should be made aware of that.
"Friends, after my release, protected me a great deal from it," he said.
Mr Jefferies added that he only learned of the details when he was staying with friends and decided to go to Bristol to pick up some clothes.
"It was at that point that the solicitor emphasised in no uncertain terms that this would be an extremely bad idea and that, if necessary, he would come down from London to dissuade me in person.
Vincent Tabak was convicted of murdering Miss Yeates on Friday
"It was at that point that I realised just how much of a household name, for all the wrong reasons, I had become."
He previously said he had been so violated it felt like "rape".
"When I was talking about that I was referring to the extraordinary tissue of fabrications and misrepresentations that appeared in the press - that didn't refer to my treatment at the hands of the police," he told the programme.
"I was merely drawing an analogy and saying that when one is arrested one is in a particularly defenceless position and it is then made doubly worse if on to that defenceless person is imposed the entirely defamatory and the entirely unreal personality that was imposed upon me."
Tabak, the 33-year-old Dutch engineer who was Miss Yeates's next door neighbour as well as being Mr Jefferies' tenant, was found guilty of her murder by a jury at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.
He was jailed for a minimum of 20 years.
In July, the Daily Mirror and the Sun were fined for being in contempt of court by the High Court over their reporting of the investigation.
The Daily Mirror was fined £50,000 and the Sun £18,000.
Mr Jefferies is also pursuing a civil case against Avon and Somerset Police for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.