Tuesday, May 21, 2013

April Jones trial: 'I could have burnt the body'


Mark Bridger denied abducting April Jones after a ‘build-up of sexual frustrations’, a court has heard.
The 47-year-old, who is on trial for the abduction and murder of the five-year-old, denied sexually assaulting April in police interviews after his arrest last year.
Jurors in Mold crown court have already heard how Bridger is accused of accessing indecent images on his computer the morning April disappeared.
In a police interview read out in court today, the former abattoir worker denied abducting April as a direct result of viewing the images.
He said if he had intended to go out and abduct a child [every time he accessed indecent images] there would ‘not be any young children left in Machynlleth’.
When it was put to him by the interviewing officer that maybe he had intended to do just that but he never had the opportunity, Bridger responded: ‘Maybe that’s just s***.’
April, who had cerebral palsy, vanished while playing on her bicycle with her best friend near her house in Machynlleth’s Bryn-Y-Gog estate on October 1 last year.
Her body has never been found, despite the biggest search operation in British policing history.
Bridger, who wept in court today as parts of his interviews were read out, has claimed he accidentally killed the youngster and accepts disposing of her body but claims he cannot remember the details due to a mixture of alcohol and panic.
The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.

April Jones trial: 'I could have burnt the body', says Mark Bridger

Mark Bridger, 47, also said he would have been "lynched" if he had been seen taking the five-year-old out of his car, Mold Crown Court heard

The former slaughterman accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones told police that he "could have burnt the body", a court heard today.
Mark Bridger, 47, also said he would have been "lynched" if he had been seen taking the five-year-old out of his car, Mold Crown Court heard.
The jury in Bridger's trial were hearing transcripts of his police interviews for a third day, read to the court by Paul Hobson, prosecuting, and interviewing officer Detective Constable Louise Thomas.
Mr Hobson also read a statement from detention officer Stephen Carr who said Bridger spoke to him about how he was trying to remember what he had done with April's body.
Former abattoir worker Bridger says he accidentally killed the youngster when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body but cannot remember how it did it due to the fact he was drunk and panicking.
Mr Carr said that Bridger, who was once a firefighter for the London Fire Brigade, told him how he would have "laid her to rest" for the body to be found and that he may have covered it with a tarpaulin sheet.
Mr Carr said: "Then he went on to say that he could have burnt the body but with his firefighter training he informed me that burning flesh smells like pork. He said the flesh would smell and his clothing would smell and that he would remember having set a fire."
The jury heard that Bridger told an interviewing police officer that he could not remember how he had disposed of April's body but that he did not think he would have taken her out of the car as someone would have seen him.
Bridger told police: "They would have lynched me. They would have got hold of me."
But he told the police if he had been seen then it would have "proved then what I want to prove to you. That I crushed her and I gave her as much medical attention as I could."
April, who had cerebral palsy, vanished while playing on her bike with her best friend near their homes on Machynlleth's Bryn-Y-Gog estate on October 1 last year.
Bridger, from Ceinws, denies abducting and murdering the schoolgirl in a "sexually motivated" attack.
April's body was never found despite the biggest search operation in British policing history.

Source: PAUL KEAVENY © independent.co.uk



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