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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Friend says April got into van with 'a happy face'

A seven-year-old friend of April Jones, who was playing with her when she went missing, told police in an interview the next day: "the man didn't take her in the van, she got in the van having a happy face... she wasn't upset."

Last week, the prosecution gave an account of Mark Bridger's police interview after he was arrested, in which he said he drove out of Machynlleth's Bryn-y-Gog estate with April either "dead or dying" in his car, after accidentally running her over.

He denies abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice.

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