Jo Yeates accused to apply for bail

THE man accused of killing Joanna Yeates while her boyfriend was away from their home visiting family in Sheffield is expected to apply for bail today.

Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak, Miss Yeates' next door neighbour in Bristol, appeared in court yesterday accused of her murder.

The 32-year-old was remanded in custody at Bristol Magistrates' Court and his legal team said he is due to apply for bail at the city's Crown Court today.

He is charged with murdering Miss Yeates after she disappeared on December 17 and her body was discovered on Christmas Day.

Her partner, Greg Reardon, 27, was visiting his brother in Sheffield when she vanished and he reported her missing.

Tabak's arrest is the second to have been made by detectives since Miss Yeates' frozen body was found dumped in a lane on the outskirts of Bristol by a couple walking their dog. She had been strangled.

The university graduate disappeared after going for Christmas drinks with colleagues.