Jo Yeates murder suspect Vincent Tabak has been been moved to a different prison over fears he may be attacked by fellow inmates.
Tabak, 32, is now in Gloucester prison 30 miles up the road from where he was being held in Bristol.
A source told The Sun: “It was decided to move him for his own good. There are a lot of local people in Bristol Prison and he could have been at risk because feelings locally are running high.”
The Dutchman yesterday appeared at Bristol Crown Court wearing the same bright red sweater and borrowed glasses he wore at his first court hearing on Monday.
Looking scruffy with unkempt hair and rolled-up sleeves, he spoke only to confirm his name, replying: ”That is correct.”
He was brought into the dock at Court One chained to a custody officer with his hands handcuffed behind his back.
Held behind bullet-proof glass, Tabak was then uncuffed and sat throughout the hearing with his head bowed.
Paul Cook, defending the Dutch academic, confirmed his client did not wish to make an application for bail. He was remanded in custody and will appear in a preliminary hearing on Monday January 31.