MOLD Crown Court yesterday heard a victim-impact statement read on behalf of April Jones’ mother, Coral.
It read: “Words alone cannot describe how we are feeling or how we manage to function on a daily basis and I would never want any other family to go through what we are and will go through for the rest of our lives.
“April was born prematurely weighing only 4lbs 2ozs and was in intensive care for two weeks. She has always been a little fighter and we later found out that she had a hole in her heart and a heart murmur.
“When she was around three years old we noticed that she was becoming clumsy, so after numerous visits to the doctors they finally diagnosed April with cerebral palsy down her left side from her hip to her leg . . .
“April ruled our lives. She was the youngest and because of her various disabilities we would have to provide some kind of care for her all the time. I still cannot go into her bedroom to sort out her clothes, because the pain of her not being there is indescribable.
“I have to watch [sibling] and [sibling] grieve for the loss of their little sister whom they would carry upstairs because sometimes she was in too much pain to walk.
“I will never forget the night of 1 October, 2012. This was the night that we allowed our daughter April to go out to play with her friends, something she has done hundreds of times before, and this is the night that she never came home.
“As April’s mother I will live with the guilt of letting her go out to play on the estate that night for the rest of my life . . .
“I will never see her smile again or hear her stomping around upstairs. We will never see her bring home her first boyfriend and Paul will never walk her down the aisle. How will we ever get over it?”