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Vincent Tabak trial: Judge allows majority verdict

Vincent Tabak
Image caption Tabak admits Jo Yeates's manslaughter but denies murder

Jurors in the trial of the man accused of murdering Bristol landscape architect Jo Yeates have been told a majority verdict will be accepted.

Vincent Tabak, 33, has admitted the manslaughter of Miss Yeates in her Bristol flat in 2010 but denies murder.

The body of Miss Yeates, 25, was left on a roadside verge on 17 December 2010 and found on Christmas Day.

Mr Justice Field told the jury at Bristol Crown Court that he will accept a majority verdict of 10-2.

The jurors have been deliberating since Wednesday.

Earlier in the trial, the prosecution told the court Miss Yeates, originally from Ampfield in Hampshire, was strangled, during which she sustained 43 separate injuries.

In closing speeches on Tuesday, Nigel Lickley QC told the court Tabak was "dishonest, deceitful and a liar".

However, his defence team said the Dutch engineer misread a "flirty" comment from Miss Yeates and killed her accidentally while attempting to stop her screaming as he tried to kiss her.

William Clegg QC, defending, said the evidence did not support Mr Lickley's claims Tabak had sex on his mind when he went into her flat.

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