Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Accused 'Made Up Story about April'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Accused 'Made Up Story about April'

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THE former abattoir worker accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones made up a story that he had killed her in a car accident in a bid to 'explain away' his role in the killing, the second day of his trial heard.

Mark Bridger, 47, denies murdering the five-year-old after he abducted her as she played outside her home in Machynlleth, mid- Wales, on October 1 last year. April's body has never been found.

Prosecutor Elwen Evans QC took the jury through the story Bridger told when he was arrested on October 2, which including him wanting to 'say sorry' to April's family.

Miss Evans said: "We know that the prosecution case is that the defendant's account is a lie."

She added: "He was now coming up with a story to try and explain away April's disappearance and his role in that."

Miss Evans said Bridger told police: "I know what this is about."

He then went on to give the arresting officers his account of what happened. …

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