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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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Mother of April Jones describes events of October 1st

The prosecution are reading a statement from Coral Jones, April Jones' mother, detailing the events of the evening she went missing.

On the way home I texted Paul and asked him to make April and her friend spaghetti on toast for their tea. April cleared her plate, which is unusual because she's not normally a good eater.

A little later April wanted to go out to play. Paul and I said no, she wanted to take her bike to her friend's next door.

She kept on and on and had a little tantrum and I eventually gave in so she went next door to play.

I told her I didn't want her out for long. I think it was about 7pm and that was the last time I saw her.

– Coral Jones

Mrs Jones said her daughter was wearing a white school shirt and black school trousers with a blue/purple coat.

She said she thought April's blonde, shoulder-length hair would have been tied in a loose pony tail. April also had a Hello Kitty wash-off tattoo.

I wanted April to come back home. It was cold and getting darker. I sent my son to look for her.

Within a very short time he came running home and he was in a hysterical state. He said that April's friend had seen her getting into a car with a man and that she had gone.

I immediately went over and asked April's friend what she had seen. I was told that April had got into a car with a man and he had driven off.

– Coral Jones

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