The parents of murdered April Jones fear that killer Mark Bridger may never reveal where the body of their daughter is.
Two Family Liaison Officers give us a unique insight into how April Jones' family are learning to cope with their grief.
Judge tells Mark Bridger, he is 'a pathological and glib liar.' Read the full statement by Mr Justice Griffith Williams.
As he begins his life sentence for the murder of five-year-old April Jones, Mark Bridger joins a small group of prisoners whose crimes were deemed so appalling they will spend the rest of their lives in prison.
According to Ministry of Justice figures, today's sentence takes the number of prisoners for whom life means life to 48.
Notorious cases include Moors Murderer Ian Brady and murderer and robber Donald Neilson, "The Black Panther", who shot and killed three sub-postmasters.
In 2008 club bouncer Levi Bellfield was told he would die in prison for murdering two young women and trying to murder a third.
In the same month, Steve Wright was also given a "whole life" term for the murders of five prostitutes in Ipswich
The only woman on the list is Rose West, who was convicted in 1995. A killing spree with husband Fred saw 10 young women murdered - eight within a two-year period.
Mark Bridger leaves Mold Crown Court to begin his life sentence for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl April Jones.
The parents of April Jones said the family was relieved by the verdict. In a statement, April's mother Coral Jones began by saying:
"We are relieved that Mark Bridger has today been found guilty of the murder of our beautiful daughter April. April will be forever in our hearts and we are so moved by the overwhelming support we have had from so many people all over the world."
Watch the statement in full below.
We are relieved that Mark Bridger has today been found guilty of the murder of our beautiful daughter April.
April will be forever in our hearts and are so moved by the overwhelming support we have had from so many people all over the world.
Paul and I would like to thank Dyfed Powys Police for the support they have given us; the Investigation team, the Search Teams from all over the UK, and our Family Liaison officers.
– Jones family statement
We would like to thank our family and friends and the community of Machynlleth, who without their support we do not know how we would have got through the last seven months since April was so cruelly taken from us.
We would like to thank the media for the respectful way in which they have reported April's story, and would like to take time now to be with our family and to try and come to terms with the loss of April.
After his conviction for the murder of five-year-old April Jones, police have released images of the home of former slaughter house worker Mark Bridger.
Dyfed-Powys Police have released new images of Mark Bridger, during the search for April Jones and after his arrest.
The 47-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of April.
We welcome today’s verdict, which brings to a close a difficult and challenging prosecution.
Ever since his first interview with police in October last year, Mark Bridger has relentlessly spun a web of lies and half-truths to try and distance himself from the truly horrific nature of the crime he perpetrated. He has refused to take responsibility for what he did to April and has stopped at nothing to try and cover his tracks.
Despite his best efforts to evade justice, he has been brought to account by a highly professional investigation by Dyfed Powys Police, coupled with the diligence and hard work of the prosecution team. Working together, we have been able to comprehensively dismantle Bridger’s version of events and expose him as a violent, cold-hearted murderer and a calculated liar.
– Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales
I would like to record our thanks to everyone who supported the prosecution of this case. Everyone who has provided a statement to police or given evidence in court has played their part in today’s verdict.
At the very heart of this case are April’s family, who have been through – and continue to go through – an ordeal of appalling magnitude. They have conducted themselves with a humbling dignity throughout.
We can only hope that today’s verdict will be of some help to them as they continue to try and come to terms with the loss of April.