Bristol

Vincent Tabak trial: Jo Yeates neighbour 'heard nothing'

Vincent Tabak
Image caption Tabak has admitted Miss Yeates's manslaughter but denies murder

A neighbour of Bristol landscape architect Jo Yeates heard nothing on the night she died, a jury has heard.

Geoffrey Hardyman, who lived in the top floor flat in the same building as Miss Yeates and Vincent Tabak, was ill with a cold on 17 December 2010.

Bristol Crown Court was told he only learned of Miss Yeates's disappearance from her landlord Christopher Jefferies three days later.

Tabak, 33, has admitted Miss Yeates's manslaughter but denies murder

The body of Miss Yeates, originally from Ampfield, Hampshire, was found by dog walkers on Christmas Day in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset.

Retired teacher Mr Hardyman said he had gone to bed at his Canynge Road flat at 23:00 GMT on Friday 17 December - after Miss Yeates was killed by her next-door neighbour Tabak, a Dutch engineer.

'Nice and friendly'

In a statement read to jurors, Mr Hardyman said: "I was unaware of any activity outside my flat. I went to bed at 11pm. I slept really well until 6.30am.

"The following morning I felt worse and cancelled a lunch appointment that day.

"I sat in my flat all day Saturday and Sunday and was unaware of anything out of the ordinary outside of my flat.

"I finally become aware that Joanna was missing when Christopher Jefferies told me on Monday morning."

Image caption Jo Yeates was found dead on Christmas Day 2010

Mr Hardyman said he had met Miss Yeates and her boyfriend Greg Reardon, whom she shared her flat with, on three occasions while he was working in the garden.

"I have had a friendly conversation with Joanna about her cat who I like to see in the garden," he said.

"I would describe them both as nice and friendly and I was impressed with them."

After Mr Hardyman's statement, Tabak's barrister William Clegg QC formally closed the defence case.

The prosecution and defence's closing speeches are due to take place on Tuesday.

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