Forensic scientist: Blood stain 'directly from April'

The jury at the trial of a man accused of the murder of Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones is hearing from a forensic scientist.

Emma Howes said blood found on the floor and on the underside of the living room carpet at Mark Bridger's house matched April's DNA profile - there was a one-in-a-billion likelihood of it being someone else's blood.

She said whatever blood had been present on the topside of the carpet had been removed.

Her conclusion is that it appears from the size of the stain that it was made by direct contact from April herself.

Mark Bridger, 47 and from Machynlleth, denies murder, abduction and intending to pervert the course of justice.

The trial, at Mold Crown Court, continues.

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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.