A neighbour of Joanna Yeates did not hear any screams on the night she died at the hands of Vincent Tabak, Bristol Crown Court has heard.
Geoffrey Hardyman, who lives on the top floor of 44 Canynge Road, said he was ill with a cold on December 17 last year.
He said that even though he had gone to bed at 11pm - after Miss Yeates was killed - he heard nothing of the events inside her flat.
The jury heard, in a statement read to the court, that Mr Hardyman knew nothing of the 25-year-old's disappearance until he was told on the following Monday.
After the statement had been read, William Clegg QC formally closed the defence case.
Closing speeches will begin today. Tabak (33) denies murder but has pleaded guilty to Miss Yeates' manslaughter.