April Jones' body not left in water, murder trial told

The man accused of murdering five-year-old April Jones would not have disposed of her body in water because he was “scared of drowning”, his  trial heard today.

Mark Bridger, right, denies abducting and murdering April Jones
Mark Bridger, right, denies abducting and murdering April Jones

Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, denies abducting and murdering April, who went missing near her Machynlleth home on October 1. He also denies intending to pervert the course of justice.

Mold Crown Court has heard he claimed to have accidentally knocked her over with his Land Rover. April has never been found.

He has said that he did not know how he disposed of her body because he was suffering memory loss caused by alcohol and panic, the jury has heard.

The court today heard written evidence from a detention officer which discussed the ways in which he had possibly disposed of April’s body. He spoke about the possibility of also burning April’s body but said he knew through his fire training that like pork, human flesh “smells”.

The court heard he told police he did not believe he had left Machynlleth with April.

He said he knew he would not have wanted her to get wet. And although he could not remember what he did with April, he told police: “I wouldn’t have put her in a bin because that’s disgusting.”

The court also heard details of an interview with Detective Constable Louise Thomas in which he explained why indecent images of girls were found on his computer.

He said he had been researching body development so he could better understand how his daughter was growing up.

He also said he wanted to be able to “advise” his children if they ever asked about sex and other issues as they got older.

The public gallery was then cleared as the jury heard about the images and some  were shown in court.

The case continues.