The devastated dad of
Jo Yeates yesterday told of the heartache of having to
arrange his own daughter's funeral.
David Yeates said family and friends of Jo were too upset to turn the
service into a celebration of her life.
He spoke as the man accused of strangling her, Dutchman Vincent Tabak,
32, appeared before Bristol crown court via video link from Long Lartin
jail near Evesham, Worcs. His trial was provisionally set for October 4.
The judge heard the body of landscape architect Jo, 26, had been
released for burial after a second postmortem for Tabak's defence.
Mr Yeates, 63, of Ampfield, Hants, said: 'We are planning an ordinary
funeral. We are anticipating over 100 people but we are attempting to
keep it to those who know Jo rather than people who just knew of her.
'Her family and friends are incredibly sad and it is for those people to
get together and think about what she was and what she could have been.
We cannot celebrate her life. It is difficult to associate celebration
with what has happened.
'We are still having difficulty coming to terms with the fact she is not
with us. It is an incredibly difficult time because of the circumstances
because it is not like a car accident or dying of an illness. It has
been tortuous to reach this stage.'
IT consultant Mr Yeates expressed sympathy for
three, has never been found since she vanished on holiday in Portugal in
He said: 'We really feel for those people who have not been able to bury
their children. The McCanns are one set of people like this.'
Mr Yeates said he and wife Teresa, 58, were trying to cope with Jo's
death: 'We will always have Jo in our minds as long as we live.'
No date has been set for the funeral of Jo, whose body was found on
Christmas Day three miles from her flat in Clifton, Bristol.