Published: 13 March 2014 at 12:09
Man wrongly arrested for Joanna Yeates murder to discuss ‘Police and the Press’
Christopher Jefferies, the man wrongly arrested for the murder of landscape architect Joanna Yeates in 2010, will talk about his experience during a public lecture at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Tuesday, 25 March.
In a talk entitled “Police and the Press: Too Close for Comfort?” Jefferies will discuss how he went from being the victim’s landlord to the suspect for her murder.
The former teacher was vilified by parts of the British press, with references such as “Angry ‘weirdo’ had foul temper”, “strange Mr Jefferies” and “Jo suspect is Peeping Tom” appearing during the period he spent in custody.
Almost a month after Yeates’ body was discovered on the outskirts of Bristol another neighbour, Vincent Tabak, was arrested, and was found guilty of her murder in October 2011.
Jefferies successfully sued a number of national newspapers for damages and received an unprecedented letter of exoneration from the Avon and Somerset Police Force.
In this exclusive lecture, Jefferies will argue how the ‘cosy’ relationship between the police and the press, which was documented by the Leveson Inquiry, creates the potential for miscarriages of justice.
In a statement he gave to the Leveson Inquiry in 2011, Jefferies said: