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April Jones: Mark Bridger gives evidence at Mold Crown Court

The man accused of abducting and murdering Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones took to the witness box to give evidence at Mold Crown Court today.

Mark Bridger, 47, told a jury about his life, his relationships and his previous convictions.

He spoke of his 'excessive' drinking and admitted lying about having served in the military.

But he denied ever having a sexual interest in children, and the court heard he had no previous convictions for sexual offences or child pornography.

This afternoon the courtroom, including April's parents Coral and Paul Jones, heard Mr Bridger's accounts of events on the day April went missing - when he claimed he accidentally ran her over.

Mr Bridger, from Ceinws, denies April's abduction and murder, and intending to pervert the course of justice by disposing of, concealing or destroying April's body.

The trial will continue tomorrow morning.

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