April Jones: Mark Bridger cross-examination resumes

The man accused of abducting and murdering April Jones has resumed giving evidence at Mold Crown Court today under cross-examination.

Elwen Evans QC questioned Mark Bridger about whether April got into his car on the evening of her disappearance, and whether she was 'happy and smiling' as she did so.

He answered: "April was in my arms."

Asked again if April was happy and smiling, Mr Bridger replied "No."

He told the court a child witness who said she saw April entering his vehicle 'happy and smiling' was not telling the truth.

He said he believed the child witness had mistaken the account for another day and another car, or had been 'influenced', saying: "She's confused and upset; she's a seven-year-old child."

Mr Bridger told the courtroom: "April has never, ever got into my car."

He denies all the charges against him.

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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.