April Jones trial adjourned

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THE family of five-year-old April Jones will have to wait another two months before the man accused of her murder goes on trial, a court heard yesterday.

Mark Bridger was arrested the day after the schoolgirl vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, Mid Wales, on 1 October last year.

The 47-year-old was due to go on trial at Mold Crown Court yesterday. But the case was adjourned by the judge Mr Justice Griffith-Williams on application of the defence “to make further inquiries”.

A new trial date has been set for 29 April.

April’s parents, Coral and Paul Jones, sat just yards away from the defendant. They both wore pink ribbons, which have come to symbolise the ongoing search for their daughter.

Bridger, wearing a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves and jeans, sat looking straight ahead in the dock.