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Trial starts of Jo Yeates murder accused Vincent Tabak

Vincent Tabak arrives at Bristol Crown Court
Image caption Tabak arrived at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday morning

The trial of a Dutch engineer accused of murdering landscape architect Jo Yeates has got under way.

Her neighbour, Vincent Tabak, 33, admits the manslaughter of Miss Yeates - found dead on Christmas Day, last year - but denies murdering her.

Miss Yeates, 25, from Ampfield, Hampshire, disappeared on 17 December after going for drinks with colleagues in Bristol.

The trial, at Bristol Crown Court, is expected to last for four weeks.

The first two days are expected to be taken up with jury selection before prosecutors open their case against Tabak.

Miss Yeates was reported missing by her boyfriend Greg Reardon on 19 December.

Her snow-covered body was found in Longwood Lane, Failand, by dog walkers.

In May Tabak, who lived next to Miss Yeates in the Clifton area of Bristol, entered a guilty plea to manslaughter.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday, when a 12-person jury is expected to be sworn in.

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