April Jones murder accused, Mark Bridger, weeps in dock
11:40am Monday 8th October 2012 in News
A FORMER lifeguard wept as he appeared in court accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones.
Mark Bridger, 46, stood in the dock of Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court as the charges were put to him.
As well as abducting and murdering April, Bridger is charged with the unlawful disposal and concealment of her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.
Bridger cried to himself as he spoke to confirm his name, age and address. He also confirmed he understood the charges. Bridger appeared on the verge of tears throughout the hearing, which lasted around four minutes.
He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday.
April, who suffers from cerebral palsy and needs daily medication, was last seen near her home on the Bryn-y-Gog estate in Machynlleth on Monday evening. Bridger was arrested the following day.
There were angry scenes outside the court as the van carrying Bridger arrived for the hearing.
The court clerk read out each charge individually, asking Bridger if he understood.
When the murder charge was read out he answered "yes" with a tremor in his voice and tears in his eyes. He answered "yes" twice more to confirm he had understood each charge. When his name was read out, he said: "That is correct." He answered "correct" to confirm that his date of birth was November 6, 1965, and said the same for his Mount Pleasant farmhouse address in the village Ceinws.
Bridger was brought into court wearing a blue jumper. His face looked red and flushed and he was unshaven. He gazed down at the floor inside the dock area of the court, enclosed in protective glass. He did not make eye contact with anyone. His eyes were tearful before he answered any questions and he appeared to be struggling to hold back his weeping.