April Jury murder trial: jury shown accused’s car

A JURY has viewed a car belonging to murder suspect Mark Bridger and the bike that was being ridden by schoolgirl April Jones on the night she went missing.

April Jones. Picture: PA

Five-year-old April, who had cerebral palsy, vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on 1 October last year.

Mark Bridger, 47, denies abducting and murdering the schoolgirl in a “sexually motivated” attack.

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The prosecution say Bridger, a former slaughterhouse worker, snatched and murdered the schoolgirl.

He says he accidentally killed her when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body, but cannot remember how he did it because he was drunk.

Yesterday the jury was taken to view both Bridger’s left-hand drive blue Land Rover Discovery and April’s pink bicycle. The media were later granted access to take photographs.

Forensic investigators had left stickers across the car identifying points of examination and the driver’s seat was covered by white plastic.

Signs saying “Chemical Substance Warning” were on the windscreen and back window.

The case continues.