He then went onto give evidence at the infamous Leveson Inquiry of 2011, following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
The BBC reported at the inquiry, Jefferies said: “It was clear that the tabloid press had decided that I was guilty of Miss Yeates’s murder and seemed determined to persuade the public of my guilt.
“They embarked on a frenzied campaign to blacken my character by publishing a series of very serious allegations about me which were completely untrue.”
Five weeks after Yeates’s death, her neighbour, 32-year-old Vincent Tabak was arrested.
After two days of questioning, Taabk was charged on January 22, 2011 with her murder.
On May 5, 2011, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murdering Yeates.
After a lengthy trial, he was found guilty on October 28, 2011, and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.
In March 2015, Tabak pleaded guilty to possessing more than 100 indecent images of children and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, to run concurrently with his existing life sentence for the murder of Yeates.
Speaking ahead of the film’s initial release in 2014, creator Morgan said: “No one will ever forget the man with the eccentric hair who became so connected with the murder of Joanna Yeates.
“I want to make sure that no one forgets the same man who was acquitted, and who fought back to clear his name.”
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies airs tonight and tomorrow evening at 9pm on ITV
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