Man denies April Jones murder

Mark Bridger, 47, has denied murdering five-year-old April Jones from Machynlleth. His defence barrister said he was 'probably responsible' for her death.

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Defence: Mark Bridger 'probably responsible' for April's death

Mold Crown Court has heard that Mark Bridger was 'probably responsible' for the death of April Jones. He has entered not guilty pleas to the charges he faces - of abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Bridger's defence barrister told the court his client's defence involves him 'conceding that he probably killed the child.'

The judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams said: 'That matter can be reported. You have indicated that the defendant's case is that he was probably responsible for the death of April.'

The judge ordered that no other evidence in the case can be reported.


April Jones' parents at court

April Jones' parents, Coral and Paul Jones, were at Mold Crown Court as Mark Bridger entered not guilty pleas.

April was last seen playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth in October Credit: Family photograph / Dyfed-Powys Police

April Jones murder accused pleads not guilty

The man accused of the murder of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones has pleaded not guilty to the three charges he faces. Mark Bridger, who is 47, denied murder, abduction and perverting the course of justice at Mold Crown Court this morning.

Mark Bridger was arrested in the days after April Jones went missing Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

Five-year-old April has not been seen since 1 October 2012. Police are continuing to search for her.

April Jones: Man due to enter plea

47-year-old Mark Bridger was arrested shortly after April Jones disappeared Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

A man charged with the murder of missing school-girl April Jones is due to enter his plea in court later.

47-year-old Mark Bridger is also charged with her abduction. The five-year-old was last seen playing outside her home in Machynlleth in October. Police are still searching for her.

April Jones went missing in October from her home in Machynlleth. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police/Family
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