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April Jones. Photo: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

April Jones. Photo: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

April Jones. Photo: Dyfed-Powys Police/PA Wire

MARK Bridger looked at images of child pornography in the hours before he allegedly snatched April Jones, a court heard today.

Bridger (47), is accused of 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.

On the second day of opening the case for the prosecution, Elwen Evans QC took the jury through images of young girls contained in folders on Bridger's Acer laptop.

The folders, given names including X0 and X5, contained photographs of local young girls which he downloaded from Facebook, as well as some obscene content.

On the afternoon before April disappeared, the defendant viewed a pornographic cartoon of a young girl gagged and restrained as she was being raped, Miss Evans said.

She also showed the jury a number of internet searches the prosecution says were conducted on Bridger's laptop.

They included "British girl murdered in France", "ten year old girls naked", and "pictures of ten year old girls".

"Those are just some of the search terms found on the Acer laptop," Miss Evans said.

The prosecution's case is that April's murder was "sexually motivated".

Yesterday, Miss Evans told the court that Bridger is a "fantasist" who had "a clear interest" in child pornography and child murder cases.

There were images on the laptop of April and her half-sisters, aged 13 and 16, as well as those of murdered young girls including Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman from the Soham murder case, the jury heard.

Bridger, of Ceinws, denies abducting and murdering April and unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The defendant accepts he "probably killed" April in a car accident, but will say he "blanked out" afterwards and cannot remember what he did with her body.

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