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April Jones: I never thought of calling 999 admits Bridger

Published 17/05/2013 | 12:01

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April Jones vanished from near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales in October last year
April Jones vanished from near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales in October last year

The man accused of murdering April Jones told police he had a "mental block" about what happened to her body, a jury heard today.

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Mark Bridger, 47, also said he "never thought" of calling 999 after he says he ran her over, Mold Crown Court heard.

The jury in Bridger's trial were hearing transcripts of his police interviews for a second day, read to the court by Paul Hobson, prosecuting, and interviewing officer detective constable Louise Thomas.

Ms Thomas was asking the defendant about events after five-year-old April was last seen playing near her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on the evening of October 1 last year.

Bridger says he accidentally killed the youngster when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body but cannot remember how it did it.

"I have been over and over and over again in my mind, what I've done and where I've been," he said in his interview.

"I just have a mental block of what happened."

Referring to April's parents, Coral and Paul, he added: "I want them to have their daughter."

He added: "My intention was to get to the hospital and when I got to the hospital in Machynlleth, I then remembered there was no A&E."

He said he then drove to the town's clock tower where he parked, to "think about what to do".

But he added: "I never thought of dialling 999 or 112, I just didn't think."

Instead, Bridger said, he drove "back and forward" around the town.

He said he realised April was dead when he put his hand to her chest and saw that "she was flat on the one side and round on the other".

He said: "That's when I knew there was more to it."

He said he was crying and panicking, and thought: "What have I done? I've now killed a little girl."

April, who had cerebral palsy, vanished while playing on her bike with her best friend near their homes on Machynlleth's Bryn-Y-Gog estate.

Bridger denies abducting and murdering the schoolgirl in a "sexually motivated" attack.

April's body was never found despite the biggest search operation in British policing history.

Telling the officer about when he was back at his house in Ceinws, in the early hours of the next day, Bridger said: "I can't remember whether I slept or whether I just blanked out.

"I remember I hugged my dog. I talked to my dog about what happened, I know that sounds stupid."

At the end of the interview, which took place on October 3, he said: "I would like to say to Paul and Coral, I never meant for this to happen, I never meant to put them through this.

"I have got kids of my own, I have known them for years."

Ms Thomas replied: "Maybe you can help by trying to remember."

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