ARRESTED FOR THE MURDER OF JOANNA YEATES
BRITISH JUSTICE ON TRIAL
Joanna Yeates, a young architect who shared a garden level flat with her architect boyfriend Greg Reardon in the upmarket Clifton area of Bristol was last seen leaving Tesco Express at 8.40 pm where she bought a pizza having bought two cans of cider in an off licence minutes earlier as she made her way on that ten minute walk home on a cold Friday night 17th December 2010.
When the police responded to a missing persons call they were tricked into believing that she got home because all her personal belongings keys, phone etc had been positioned to indicate that she got home and to convey the message that a struggle and possible sex assault took place in her flat. But the evidence shows that Joanna never made it back to her flat. She was being stalked by a motorist driving behind her who watched her enter the shop, who knew she was heading for home and he planned to kill her. He drove on ahead after she entered Tesco and parked his car on the wide road under big trees just short of Joanna's house. As she passed him, he beckoned her to the car. Surprised, she crossed the wide road, sat into the passenger seat, closed the door and before she could open her mouth he stunned her with a box into the face. He then grabbed her by the throat and squeezed her neck as she kicked and struggled until she passed out in his hands. Her two dying screams were heard by a few local partygoers at 8.50pm. She slumped to the floor of the car which her killer started up, then drove across the nearby Avon bridge to a remote quarry in which he planned to hide her body. He ignored miles of woodland roads and laybys and drove about three miles to quiet Longwood Lane where he slowed down, uturned the car at the quarry right hand entrance, moved up a short distance and parked on the left side of the narrow road with the passenger door beside a low wall and facing back the way he came. On the other side of that wall lay the biggest quarry in Bristol area with a deep pond of water only yards away. He quickly went around and opened the passenger door, he removed her coat and boots and dragged the lifeless body from the car. Breathless he struggled to lift her body to the top of the wall and had almost succeeded when the headlights of an approaching car lit up the road. He dropped to the ground with the dead body and waited for it to pass as the adreneline was pumping. He thought it was the police but it passed by. In a sweat, he stood up again and lifted Jo's body a second time, only to see more lights coming and he crouched down again and waited. Unknown to him a local golf club Christmas party had just finished and a stream of traffic had begun to pass. In a panic he stretched Jo's body on the ground close to the wall and hastily covered it with a mound of dead leaves blown to the side of the road. He was in a blind panic worried that the police could arrive at any time. Waiting for a gap in the traffic he quickly booted it from that bad parking spot on the narrow road and drove off in a state of high emotion until he found a quiet place to park and calm down.
Returning an hour or so later to complete his plan, to his utter consternation it was snowing heavily now and he couldnt find the body as everything was covered by a blanket of snow. Not so much traffic now but terrified that a police patrol car might drive by, he decided that he better get away from the scene of the crime. To complete his plan he drove to the top of Longwood Lane, turned right down Beggar Bush Road, then turned left down Pill Road and within two minutes he was on the M5 motorway and speeding to the North of England to put as much distance as he could between him and his crime and to establish a false alibi for the time of the crime. Greg now knew that Joanna would be found quickly and he had to revise his plans to meet the inevitable challenge.
Joanna was to lay there until the snow bagan to thaw, then on the morning of Christmas day a dog walker noticed her body on the roadside. It spoiled that Christmas day for thousands and what had been a missing person's puzzle and a massive search operation for police and local volunteers became a murder investigation with unprecedented national media interest.
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On Friday afternoon 17th December 2010 Joanna Yeates, a 25 year old landscape architect was left alone for the weekend by her boyfriend Greg Reardon who claimed that he travelled to Sheffield for a family weekend and on his return she was missing and it appeared that she was abducted from her flat in a sexual attack. She became a missing person in Bristol and an intensive search began because there had been a heavy snowfall on the night that she went missing, sparking fears that she might also be at risk of the cold if she had wandered off.
The parents of Joanna made an emotional appeal that touched the hearts of the nation.
Then on the morning of Christmas day a couple walking their dog on a quiet country lane three miles from her home discovered her body under the snow where it had lain for the week.
Immediately it became a murder hunt and there was intense media interest in the case with hourly updates from Sky News. Joanna had been strangled and her body was covered in leaves under the snow and it appeared that her killer had attempted to heave her body over a low wall and failed, dropping her on the ground and covering it with the leaves gathered on the verge of the narrow road. There was a quarry on the other side of the wall with wooded verges, so that it was likely it might not be found for months had the killer succeeded in his plan.
A few days later the police arrested the landlord of her flat, Mr Chris Jefferies in a blaze of publicity and released him after three days of interrogation which he later said almost cracked him up. He lived overhead on the first floor flat and he owned the adjoining flats of both the murder victim and Vincent Tabak on the ground floor.
The following paragraph was written in October 2013 and added as a comment on a few websites that invited comments in the related article.
Chris Jefferies was targeted for a stitch up by the Bristol
police who had hit a brick wall in their murder investigation which had
become hot daily news and were under tremendous pressure from the media
to solve it. Their embarrassment was only beginning when London was threatening
to take over the enquiry. They had to solve it fast. Jefferies was targeted
as a fall guy because he had a key to the victim's flat, he had no alibi
because he was home alone, his dna was in the flat because he owned it,
he had a car, he dumped the body far from his house, he knew her boyfriend
was gone away for the weekend and for those reasons he was selected as
their best guess. A final ingredient needed was his public vilification
as a sex deviant and his unusual hair style and mannerisms rendered it
easy to demonise him. I have personal experience of police malpractice
and I sent an email to the acting police chief the day after Jefferies
arrest pointing out that as a key holder and property owner myself and
recognising how vulnerable Jefferies had suddenly become, I accused them
of attempting to stitch up this fall guy without any hard evidence because
I recognised the police tactic of depicting the arrested man as a sexual
deviant. I pointed out that he didnt possess the physical strength to
overpower a young athletic woman and that his station in life as an educated
retired professor with considerable wealth made it highly improbable that
he would engage in any act of violence as his past record showed. I threatened
to document their police crime every step of the way and to inform both
the media and the mandarins in the Home Office and the public online.
Jefferies was released later that day but was kept on tenderhooks for
months to come. This letter of apology coming from a new chief constable
almost three years later is long overdue and is indicative of the arrogance
of the police who never admit to mistakes. It would be unthinkable for
them to admit to an attempted stitch up of an innocent man. The leaking
to the tabloid press of salacious tit bits about Jefferies past was a
very deliberate attempt to brainwash the public that they got their killer
and would influence a jury and lawyers for the defence would advise Jefferies
to cooperate with the police and confess to manslaughter because everybody
and all potential jurors already believe he is the killer from the day
of his arrest. He stood no chance of vindicating himself in a court and
indeed he admitted himself that he nearly cracked up after a few days
of police interrogation. Imagine what several months of that would do
to a vulnerable man who never had experience of police methods of interrogation
in his life? Jefferies would have been pushed into confessing to a lesser
charge of manslaughter just as his other tenant Vincent Tabak was, because
if he didnt cooperate and was convicted of murder on all the circumstantial
evidence, then he faced a lifetime in jail. Had they held him he would
have cracked up and cooperated and they would brag about how they caught
the killer. Books would be written about it and documentaries made to
show how it all played out and was solved in the end. Jefferies doesnt
know how lucky he was.
On the 20th January Vincent Tabak was arrested at an address which he had been forced to move to because of police activity in his own apartment and his girlfriend was too scared to stay there. A shy 32 year old who found his first girlfriend on a web dating site, Tabak had studied in Eindhoven university and was a top flight student of the science of people flow having earned a PhD.
Tabak was in the wrong place at the wrong time and the police were under serious media pressure to solve this high profile crime. He had the misfortune to have lived next door to Miss Yeates.
Shortly before his arrest the police called in the low copy number DNA experts, LGC Forensics. This is often a prelude to a stitch up because of the difficulty of getting expert witnesses to counter the very technical interpretations that can be suggested by partial DNA. An innocent person in the dock has no answer to these allegations which can sway a jury with the billion to one lie that always accompanies dna.
While dna might prove that a person had been in contact with a victim of crime, its relevant importance pales when the people live close together. If it is identified in semen or saliva or other intimate areas, then it can be incriminating but of itself doesnt prove that person killed the victim.
The public had already been notified by the tabloid press that they found the dna of the killer on the Joanna's breast. This was leaked by police in order to pave the way for the arrest.
It was subsequently admitted in a TV documentary made shortly after the trial ended that the dna was inconclusive. In other words Tabak was arrested under false pretenses. His DNA was not on Joanna's body.
That allegation of dna was used by the CPS to have him remanded in jail. They suggested that for his safety he should be detained at Long Lartin prison. It was a cruel trick to deny him bail and the ability to prepare a defence to the charges. It left him at the mercy of the authorities without a friend in the world. Had he been allowed his freedom on bail then he would not have been at the mercy of the police, but isolated and in a high security jail he was terrorised and eventually cracked up under the relentless pressure to do a deal to get out. The prosecution resisted his lawyer's half hearted attempt to get bail because they knew that their case against him wouldnt stand up on the circumstantial evidence that they possessed. It became imperative to break his will and they could only do that if he was held in custody.
Tabak appeared via video link from Long lartin prison in Worcestershire for a preliminary hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 31st January.
From the start, Tabak was presumed to be guilty by judge Treacy, by his lawyers and the media and everything reported about his court hearings confirm that view. Now he was being denied access to a public court of law where he should have been free to speak out and proclaim his innocence.
Tabak, wearing prison issued glasses, a red jumper and dark trousers, sat at a table facing the camera in a small room with grey walls and a radiator and spoke only to confirm his identity and confirm he understood proceedings. He was acting on the advice of his lawyers and terrified to step outside their advice because they were the only source that promised any possibility of him being able to vindicate his innocence. He had not met one friendly face since the moment of his arrest as a killer.
His glasses were taken from him by the police to put him at a further disadvantage. The police indicated that it was for dna testing . Tabak's lawyers failed him on this matter by not demanding that his glasses be returned.
Both the public gallery of Court 9, and the jury box, were filled with reporters from national newspapers and TV. Since the earlier hearings they had convinced the public that the police had caught the killer, mainly because Tabak had not pleaded his innocence.
Tabak was advised by his lawyers Paul Cook and Michael Fitton not to enter a formal plea and judge Treacy failed in his duty as a judge to ask and explain to the frightened man how important it was that he should tell the court if was guilty or not guilty.
They set a provisional trial date for October 4 and a plea and case management hearing for May 4. It was a jail sentence without any trial.
Tabak appeared on TV screens in court, sitting behind a table with his hands together to listen to the proceedings. His whole future was at stake.
Mr Justice Treacy, prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC, and Michael Fitton, Tabak's defence lawyer together agreed the timetable for the trial and Fitton failed to perform his job and speak up for the accused man to demand his glasses and bail for his client and to tell the court that he pleaded not guilty.
His lawyer's silence is evidence that he had become part of a judicial conspiracy together with their police friends who needed to convict somebody for this highly publicised murder that had received daily national coverage and therefore needed to be solved in order to maintain public confidence in a police force who had made a litany of basic mistakes in the investigation.
Mr Justice Treacy told Tabak: "Your next appearance in court will be on May 4 by which time the case papers will have been served and you will see in detail what the allegations are against you. There will be a hearing to make the final arrangements for a trial which we expect to take place in October."
Judge Treacy failed to act as a bulwark between police
accusers and the right of an accused person to plead guilty or not guilty.
Treacy should have bent over backwards to get Tabak to enter a plea right
from the start.
judge Colman Treacy
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones made a statement to the press on 3rd January and his words had an ominous resonance for Vincent Tabak, the next door neighbour of the victim.
'I can assure you, we are determined to solve this crime, and bring Jo’s killers to justice…I think that phrase emphasises that I am not making any assumptions in this case.'
DCI Phil Jones centre leaving Bristol court on 31st January
Nigel Lickley ---------------Ann Reddrop
Nigel Lickley took over the prosecution of the case from Anne Reddrop.
Paul Cook leaving Bristol Crown Court
Michael Fitton leaving Bristol Crown Court.
Three weeks after his arrest the Dutch embassy intervened to get his brother Marcel and the girl friend of Tabak a meeting with Vincent Tabak. Without that assistance it is unlikely that he would have had any visitors for months
WILLIAM CLEGG, known for getting the freedom of Barry George, made his first appearance for Tabak in the Old Bailey court on the 5th May 2011 before Judge Field. The case had been listed on the courtserve official website to be held at Bristol crown court that morning and I know people who attended that court to observe the violation of Tabak's rights only to be told it was being held in London. This misinformation was a further violation of his rights as observers of events were deliberately misled. News of the change of venue had been leaked to the tabloid press so that they could report the big story that Tabak confessed.
Clegg had access to the evidence of DNA that the police had, which allegedly linked Tabak to the murder and he persuaded him to confess to manslaughter and hope to get a short jail sentence.
Clegg failed to tell Tabak about professor Krane or other experts who have debunked the dna magic and Tabak, a broken and vulnerable man who had cracked under the strain of isolation grasped at the straw that Clegg handed him.
Clegg failed to ensure Tabak's rights to due process and a fair hearing before an independant and impartial tribunal. He failed to ensure that he had the presumption of innocence. If Clegg wasnt actively working with the police to frame Tabak, he was guilty of gross negligence in his duty to his client who had no choice but to place his trust and his very life in his hands.
Clegg should have entered that courtroom with a demand that Tabak be released immediately because all his rights to due process and fairness under English common law and under the European Convention of Human Rights had been violated.
In particular he was never asked or allowed to enter a plea at the first two appearances in court. His right to bail was never even raised in court and he has been held without access to the means to defend himself and being beamed into court by a video link from jail. Anybody who thinks that he is freely expressing his thoughts under such circumstances is dreaming. All his rights have been violated. From the moment of his arrest he is held in a cell 23 hours a day possibly alone or in the company of a drug addict, he is accused of murder, bewildered and with no access to friends or information about the law other than perhaps a monthly visit from William Clegg who presupposed that he is guilty because he believes the lies of corrupt policemen.
Clegg could have walked out of that courtroom with Tabak at his side if he was working for the interest of his client and if he had the courage to demand due process and the rights of the accused man. He would then be free to prepare a proper defence to the charges.
Because Tabak has been conned into making the lesser admission that he killed Joanna Yeates it was a foregone conclusion that a jury will convict him of the much more serious charge of murder after a show trial.
Clegg's utter failure to question any police allegations in court are grounds for a retrial. Judge Field's action in revealing his own opinion of Tabak's guilt to the jury in his summing up, is also a violation of due process.
The almost hung jury deliberated for a third day before the judge offered to accept a majority verdict.
Earlier in the investigation the police
stated that Joanna was not sexually assaulted. Later however when they
failed in all lines of enquiry they started to investigate the invisible
traces of dna that might have been on her body and they called in the
low copy number experts LGC forensics. By that time there would have been
a great amount of contamination of the evidence and trying to find a needle
in a haystack became their goal.
CHILD PORN CHARGES
Three years later the Avon and Somerset police are desperately trying to demonise Vincent Tabak to reinforce their stitch up and paint him as a deviant and a pedophile and blacken this lad further in the public mind. They have decided to prosecute him on charges relating to child porn images found on his computer and used to blackmail him into confessing to the manslaughter of Joanna Yeates.
Tabak was arrested following on the failed police attempt to frame chris Jefferies who was much more vulnerable for a stitch up. Jefferies was home alone and had no alibi. He had a key to the victim's flat and his dna would be there. He had a car to hide the body well away from his house and he knew her boyfriend had gone away for the weekend. All that and more would have made it impossible for Jefferies to avoid a stitch up but he had one friend who intervened. On Jefferies arrest the police leaked information to the media who could be counted on to demonise this alleged killer. This paved the way for his conviction and would have poisoned any jury who would have to judge him later. They had to release Jefferies when their scam was exposed.
Now two years on the police are painting Tabak blacker with these charges but it reveals the leverage they used in forcing this innocent lad to confess to a crime he didnt commit.
Tabak will undoubtably be convicted of the child porn charges and sentenced to a few years concurrent with his life sentence for murder and the public will be further brainwashed that he is a sex pervert as well as a killer. Such is the way many serious crimes are solved in England today by police who come under media pressure to solve crime.
In addition to this, there is currently in the making a tv drama about the experience of the landlord Chris Jefferies commissioned by ITV and this no doubt will further add to the mass publicity heaped on Tabak, all of which presupposes his guilt just because he was convicted in a court where the police and his lawyers had him boxed into a corner. He never dared to challenge them while in that courtroom. He was shadowed within feet by two strong arm prison officers during the trial and if he made a move to depart from the script, you can be sure they were under orders to pounce on him and drag him from that courtroom.
This site was made by Noel O'Gara who first became involved with corruption in police circles when he identified the Yorkshire Ripper to the police and witnessed them frame a copycat killer Peter Sutcliffe for 13 murders, when they had already eliminated Sutcliffe a dozen times and they knew that he was the copycat killer involved in the Ripper frame but not the Ripper. The real Ripper was an ex employee of Noel O'Gara and is still a free man today.
O'Gara's insight into the judicial system allowed him to follow the Ipswich murders case with interest and a similar pattern emerged once a police mistake was put in train. They just could not recognise their mistakes and then they compound that mistake with fabricated and biased evidence, assisted by lawyers and judges with one goal in mind, that is to get a conviction at all costs. Once that is achieved then they say they got the right person because the jury found them guilty.
Noel O'Gara has his own personal experience of being arrested together with his associates Patrick Cullinane and George Westcott while they attended a bail application for Ronald Castree, a man who was accused of the murder of Lesley Molseed. Because he had taken a photo of a few policemen in the hall of the Bradford court, he was arrested.
Mr Cullinane, who had been engaged by Ronald Castree to act for him, had been recording the court proceedings with the aid of a pocket recorder and he suffered the same fate. Mr Westcott just accompanied them and he was arrested also. They were handcuffed, dispossessed of all their possessions and led to jail cells to await the judges call. When the time came they were led in chains into a bullet proof glass compartment where they were treated to threats by the judge that their crimes for contempt of the court could get them up to two years in jail and he strongly warned them to avail of the lawyers he appointed to defend them the next day.Then they were all three taken on a long trip in a sort of horse box and in chains and taken into a prison cell for that night and fed like a cat on the floor with inedible food. Next day after a similar trip they came before judge Stephen Gullick who broke every rule in the law books and sentenced O'Gara to two weeks in jail for taking a photo in the hall of the court. Detective Steve Ridge, who was sitting in court throughout and who was not even sworn in. told the judge that we were seen filming in court. We couldnt speak and didnt have access to the court being locked in that glass box. Mr Cullinane was sentenced to four months in prison to ensure, Gullick said, that he would be unable to interfere with the pending trial of Mr Castree who was in the process of being stitched up for a murder and who was successfully stitched up and given a life sentence. Castree remains today a forgotten innocent victim of judicial corruption living out his life in Armley jail in Leeds.
Mr Westcott was reluctantly allowed to go free.
Ronald Castree was arrested charged and vilified in the press just like Chris Jefferies in Bristol.No bail allowed him or demanded by his lawyers. He was stitched up for a 30 year old murder by utilising 30 year old low copy number dna to solve a high profile murder for which Stefan Kiszko had been stitched up 30 years earlier but exonerated. His legal adviser Patrick Cullinane was jailed in order to keep him away from the trial. Castree is serving life. Tabak is enroute to that.
But we were witness to the abuse of due process, the violation of our rights, the lies of two policemen in court, the corrupt judge Gullick and his anger with us because he was party to the conspiracy to frame Ronald Castree for murder, the process of being imprisoned, the assigned lawyers who were dealing with Gullick to our detriment, in his chambers, and failing to carry out our instructions, the refusal to allow me to phone to my wife to tell her where I was because it was an international call and so much more.Thats why we can recognise what has happened to Vincent Tabak and can document the failures that he is now suffering and outline the peril that he is in.
This brief report appeared in the Halifax Courier when we were summarily jailed without due process, without being asked to enter a plea,without a bail application and a chance to see the evidence against us. Our crime. one photo in the hall of the court by my mobile phone. The policeman turned that into filming in court and we were denied audience because we had agreed to having a lawyer who failed to comply with our instructions.
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