Mark Bridger

Mark Bridger
DOB6 Nov 1965
Kill Total1
Kill PlacePowys, Wales
Kill DateOct 2012
VictimApril Jones - 5
CourtMold Crown Court
JudgeJustice Griffith-Williams
ProsceutionElwen Mair Evans QC
DefenceBrendan Damien Kelly QC
Case No:T20127251
Monday 1st October 2012, Bridger went to a parents evening at the school his daughtere attended with April Jones.
5-year-old April Jones had been playing in the street in front of her house, on her bike, and with local friends on the Bryn-Y-Gog estate in Machynlleth, Powys. At 7:30pm her mother reported her missing.
Bridger in his Landrover Discovery had picked her up, presumably she got into the car as she knew him. What happened next, and what happened to her body will probably never be known.
Police started an immediate search.
Thanks to social medias sites like Twitter and Facebook word spread and local residents met at a community centre at 8pm to help the search.
By 10pm police issued a statement saying they are concerned as April was seen getting into a light coloured van.

Tuesday 2nd October 2012, The search for April continues. At 3:30pm a man is arrested. police said he has a Landrover discovery similar to the one witnesses saw April climb in to.

Saturday 6th October 2012, Police announce they have charges Mark Bridger with child abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice

Monday 8th October 2012,  Mark Bridger appeared at Aberystwyth magistrates court charged with murder, child abduction and attempting to pervert the course of justice - this charge refers to unlawful disposal and concealment of a body.

The search for April continued, the largest police operation in UK history.
Up to 16 search teams - a total of 150 police officers a day - were involved, including 10 police dogs, 100 mountain rescuers, two RNLI vessels, kayakers and helicopter support, as well as hundreds of local residents.

Monday 14th January 2013, Bridger appeared at Mold Crown Court, he denied abduction and murder. But his barrister said he may be responsible for her death.

Monday 28th April 2013, Trial begins at Mold Crown Court.
Bridger claimed he must of ran over April in his car, but was too drunk to remember.
Fragments of human skull were found in his wood burner.
When police examined his computer they found indecent images of children and child murder victims

Thursday 30th May 2013, After just 4 hours and 6 minutes the jury at Mold Crown Court found Bridger guilty of child abduction, perverting the course of justice, and murder.
Bridger, a father of 6, was given a whole life tariff  by the Judge, Justice Griffith-Williams, who added, "You are a pathological liar. There is no doubt in my mind that you are a paedophile"
Bridger was given a 'Whole Life Tariff', putting him on the home office list of prisoners never to be released, see list here >>

the search for April continued, although since the end of April 2013 this was scaled down.

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