Joanna suspect appears in court

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The next-door neighbour of Joanna Yeates has appeared in court accused of her murder.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak was remanded in custody at Bristol Magistrates' Court charged with killing the 25-year-old landscape architect.

Tabak, 32, of Canynge Road, Clifton, Bristol, who works at Buro Happold in Bath, was arrested last Thursday.

It is understood he was detained at an address in Aberdeen Road, Cotham, about a mile from his home, where he is thought to have been staying.

He was remanded in custody for a week to appear next at Bristol Crown Court on the murder charge. But the court was told that he may also appear at the court on Tuesday for a bail hearing.

The defendant spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. No details of the prosecution case against him were given in court.

Specialist search teams have been examining Tabak's flat at 44 Canynge Road, Clifton, Bristol, which he shares with his girlfriend, Tanja Morson.

Miss Yeates disappeared on Friday December 17 after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues at her architectural firm.

The university graduate's frozen body was found dumped on a verge in Longwood Lane, Failand, North Somerset, on Christmas Day.

Her landlord, Chris Jefferies, 66, was arrested on December 30 and questioned for three days on suspicion of murder before being released on bail.

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