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Witnesses heard scream the night of Jo Yeates murder.

Summary: Witnesses have described hearing a "human scream" at around 8.30pm on the night that Bristol landscape architect Jo Yeates was killed.

Witnesses have described hearing a "human scream" at around 8.30pm on the night that Bristol landscape architect Jo Yeates was killed.

Speaking at the trial of Vincent Tabak, who admits manslaughter but denies murdering the 25-year-old, a partygoer and a neighbour both describe hearing a noise, but dismissing it as students playing around outside.

Matthew Phillips said in a police statement that he heard a "shriek" while walking to a drinks party at 53 Canynge Road.

In addition, Harry Walker told the court he heard a scream as he had dinner with his girlfriend. He told the court: "I would say it was definitely a human noise. It was definitely not an animal.

"At the time I thought it must have been students out in the road as it was the end of term. But it was a bit early for that."

Meanwhile, the jury at Bristol Crown Court heard that Mr Tabak had joked with friends about the murder case before his arrest.

The 33-year-old allegedly told friends at a dinner party that police had been looking for a body in his drawer, and that the killer must be a "totally crazy detached person".

Solicitor Sarah Maddock said Vincent was acting normally at the gathering in the St Andrews area of Bristol on January 15.

The trial continues.

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