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Jo Yeates' killer Vincent Tabak admits possessing indecent images of children

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Image caption Vincent Tabak was jailed for life for Jo Yeates' murder in 2011

The man convicted of the murder of Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates in 2010 has pleaded guilty to possessing indecent images of children.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak admitted four offences at Bristol Crown Court.

The 37-year-old is already serving a life sentence, with a minimum term of 20 years, for the murder.

Ms Yeates, 25, was strangled in her Clifton flat. Her body was found dumped in a country road in Failand near Bristol on Christmas Day in 2010.

Tabak was sentenced to 10 months in jail for the indecent image offences, to be served immediately, which means he will serve no extra time on top of his murder sentence.

In January 2011 detectives investigating the murder discovered 145 indecent images of children on Tabak's laptop.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing indecent images of children between January 2009 and 2011.

The majority of the pictures were classed as category C - the lowest category in terms of seriousness, the court heard.

Image caption Jo Yeates' body was found dumped in a country lane near Bristol on Christmas Day in 2010

Ten were in category B, and six were at category A - the most serious category.

Two other counts of making indecent photographs, relating to 23 images found on external hard drives, were ordered to lie on file.

Judge Neil Ford QC said Tabak would remain on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years.

He was also banned from working with children or young people.

'Calculating and manipulative'

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss, from Avon and Somerset Police, said it was "crucial" Tabak was brought to justice for possessing the images.

"Vincent Tabak is a dangerous, calculating and manipulative offender who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of Joanna Yeates," he said.

"During the course of the investigation into Joanna's murder, indecent images of children were found on Tabak's laptop.

"These offences did not form part of the initial murder trial.

"Although he's serving a minimum tariff of 20 years' imprisonment, we felt it was crucial Tabak was brought to justice for possessing indecent images of children, so the full nature of Tabak's offending is on record.

"Tabak is now a convicted sex offender and this means an extensive range of protective measures can now be put in place to manage his criminal behaviour and protect those at risk."

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