Man accused of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones to appear in court from Manchester prison

By Dean Wilkins

The man accused of murdering April Jones is due to appear in court from Manchester today.

The former lifeguard, 46-year-old Mark Bridger, is charged and on trial for abducting and killing the five-year-old girl near her home in Machynlleth, Wales, last week.

He is also on trial for disposing and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice and is appearing at Caernarfon Crown Court via videolink from Manchester’s Strangeways.

He is being held at the prison as officers continue their search for the missing girl’s body.

April was allowed to play outside with friends last Monday night after her mum and dad attended her parents evening at school.

But she did not return home and hundreds of members of the community rallied together to help find the girl before it was too late.

After several searches, including fields, rivers and manholes, the community were asked to step down and allow emergency services to focus their hunt using state-of-the-art equipment.

Hopes of April’s safe return were dealt a colossal blow when officers revealed that the case was being treated as a murder trial – on Monday night, Machynlleth resident released Chinese lanterns to mark the week anniversary of the young girl’s disappearance.

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