Jo Yeates murder suspect Vincent Tabak appears in court

Vincent Tabak and Jo Yeates
Image caption Miss Yeates disappeared on 17 December after going for drinks with colleagues

The man accused of murdering Bristol landscape architect Jo Yeates has appeared in court.

Vincent Tabak, 33, spoke only to confirm his name at the 27-minute pre-trial hearing at Bristol Crown Court.

Miss Yeates's parents David and Teresa attended the hearing, arriving at the court accompanied by two police officers.

Dutch architect Tabak has admitted the manslaughter of 25-year-old Miss Yeates, but denies murdering her.

The charge states that Tabak "unlawfully killed" Miss Yeates in December 2010.

The hearing was held to finalise arrangements for his trial, which is due to begin on 4 October.

The case was adjourned until the trial date and Tabak was remanded in custody.

Tabak lived next to Miss Yeates in the Clifton area of Bristol.

Miss Yeates, who grew up in Ampfield, Hampshire, disappeared on 17 December after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues.

Her snow-covered body was found in Longwood Lane, Failand, by dog walkers on Christmas Day, eight days after she was reported missing.

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