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Mon 29 Apr 2013

April Jones murder trial starts after delay

  • By Yafit Lazar
  • Last update: 2 years ago
  • Mold, Wales, United Kingdom

flickr-Keith Allison

Mark Bridger is set to stand trial for the murder of five-year-old April Jones. The trial was scheduled to start on February 25 but was postponed to allow the defence team to make "further inquiries".

Bridger appeared before Mold Crown Court in January, where he pleaded not guilty. He accepted that he was probably responsible for her death but denies he murdered her.

He also denied two other charges, abduction and attempt to prevent the course of justice, following her disappearance in Machynlleth, Powys, in October 2012.

Justice John Griffith-Williams, the judge who conducted the pre-trial hearing, ordered that none of the evidence mentioned could be publicly reported.

The judge said that following the prosecution opening, the jury would be taken by coach to Machynlleth for a site visit.

Bridger, who is being held at Strangeways Prison, will be remanded in custody until the start of the trial.

www.bbc.co.uk - April Jones: Mark Bridger probably responsible for death... on 1970-01-01
news.sky.com - April Jones Murder: Bridger Trial Adjourned on 2013-02-25

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