April's friend watched on as her interview played to jury

A court sketch of the seven-year-old, who cannot be identified because of her age. Credit: Priscilla Coleman/ITV News

The film of the child witness's statement to police, recorded the day after April Jones disappeared, was played to the jury at Mold Crown Court as the girl watched on a video-link from Aberystwyth.

The seven-year-old appeared on the video-link with a white teddy bear and a mug of juice, with an adult who was partially off screen sitting next to her.

Five-year-old April vanished while playing with her friend near their homes in Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales, on October 1 last year.