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April Jones murder trial

Mark Bridger has been jailed for life for the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones from Machynlleth. The 47-year-old was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice. The judge said he will never be released from prison.

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April Jones' father: 'I didn't sleep for 24 hours'

Coral and Paul Jones arriving at court earlier in the week Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A written statement from April's father Paul Jones has also been read to the court.

Recounting the events of the day his daughter went missing, he said April had 'had a little paddy' and wanted to play outside.

"I suppose we just gave in and she was told she could only go out for a short while," he added.

"She is quite stubborn when she gets something in her mind.

"What happened after that is all a little blurry, if I'm honest.

"At about 7.20pm Coral sent April's brother out to fetch her.

"He came back and he was very upset - he was crying and he said that someone had taken April and that she had got into someone's car.

"We rang the police and Coral went out to search. I felt so helpless. I went to speak to April's friend who said something about a van.

"When she said that, I went around the corner to look. I then went back home and I just paced.

"I think that I just paced up and down, waiting for any news, for about 24 hours.

"I know that I didn't sleep for about 24 hours."

Mr Jones said he only slept once he had been prescribed sleeping pills by the doctor.

He added: "I felt guilty because people were out looking for her and I was sleeping."

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