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Tabak 'drank champagne' after murder.

Summary: The man accused of murdering Jo Yeates last year drank champagne the night after killing the landscape architect, a court has heard.

The man accused of murdering Jo Yeates drank champagne the night after killing the landscape architect, a court has heard.

Vincent Tabak was described as "tired and disinterested" after strangling Miss Yeates with his bare hands the previous evening, but still found time to join girlfriend Tanja Morson at a friend's birthday party, the jury was told.

Linda Marland said she chatted to Tabak at the party of her daughter Elizabeth at the Pitcher and Piano on Bristol's harbourside.

Mrs Marland told Bristol Crown Court: "Vincent sounded tired and disinterested. He was being short with his answers, not elaborating. I found it quite difficult.

"He only looked at me once. The rest of the time he was staring up the room. I got the impression Vincent was bored with my conversation ... he was drinking a glass of champagne."

The court also heard from a string of friends who had drunk with Miss Yeates on the night of her death.

She was said to have told them she was "dreading" spending the weekend alone on December 17 last year, confiding in one colleague her fears at being without boyfriend Greg Reardon, who was visiting family in Sheffield.

Darragh Bellew, a landscape architect colleague of Miss Yeates asked her what she had planned for the weekend.

"She replied that she was going to bake some cakes and bread over the weekend because Greg was away," he told the court.

He was alerted that something might have happened to Miss Yeates when Mr Reardon called him at midnight on the Sunday.

"He said he had got back to the flat and found it strange that all Jo's belongings were there," Mr Bellew explained.

Dutch engineer Tabak admits manslaughter but denies Miss Yeates' murder.

The trial continues.

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