Wednesday 22 November 2017

Neighbour heard nothing on night Joanna Yeates died

Martin Evans

A RETIRED teacher living in the same building as Joanna Yeates, heard nothing suspicious or unusual on the night she was killed, a court has heard.

Tabak was asked in court why he had conducted internet research into the definition of sexual assault in the weeks after killing Miss Yeates Photo: PA



Geoffrey Hardyman, 78, who lives in the top floor flat of 44 Canynge Road, said he was in all evening on December 17 last year having gone to bed early with a cold.



But in a written statement read out to the jury at Bristol Crown Court, Mr Hardyman, said he had not been disturbed and had not heard anything unusual.



He did recall some noise two nights later when Miss Yeates was reported missing and the search for her began.



Mr Hardyman’s evidence was the last to be called before the defence closed their case.



The jury was discharged until tomorrow morning, when both sides in the case will make their closing speeches.



It is alleged Vincent Tabak, a 33-year-old Dutch engineer murdered Miss Yeates inside her flat in a sexually motivated attack.



He has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.



Tabak, who lived in the adjoining flat, claimed Miss Yeates invited him in after she spotted him passing her kitchen window on the evening of December 17.



He told jurors the 25-year-old landscape architect made a flirtatious remark about her cat and he misread the situation and attempted to kiss her causing her to scream.



Tabak said he put his hand around her neck in an attempt to stop her screaming and calm her down and after around 20 seconds she went limp and fell to the floor.



The jury then heard that Tabak placed Miss Yeates’s body in the boot of his Renault Megane car before driving to a supermarket where he bought crisps, beer and rock salt.



Later that evening he drove to a remote country lane in Failand, around three miles from Clifton where he left her body on a grass verge, concealing her with leaves.



Miss Yeates’s snow covered and frozen body was discovered by dog walkers on Christmas morning.



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