WikiWirral Online with you since 2003, fantastic.
Forum Stats
12329 Members
65 Forums
73257 Topics
989216 Posts
64 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
67 registered (alan128, 12 invisible), 1348 Guests and 328 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Finsbury Park mosque. 1229
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens 323
Washing machine 255
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed 195
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 146
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 144
Benefit Cap is Unlawful 120
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day 112
Ant and Dec 105
VW t4 fixed side window replacement 101
New General Forums
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day
by fish5133
22nd Jun 2017 7:38pm
Ant and Dec
by cools
18th Jun 2017 2:11pm
Another Scam
by Excoriator
18th Jun 2017 10:00am
Happy birthday Ste
by Dilly
12th Jun 2017 7:54am
New Wirral History
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934]
by snowhite
16th Jun 2017 2:03pm
Bascule Bridge
by Sufee
6th Jun 2017 9:09pm
Pathe news short - merseytunnel 1934
by oldpm01
5th Jun 2017 1:57pm
1878 Post Office Directory of Cheshire query
by derekdwc
1st Jun 2017 10:41pm
Bakery at 275 Poulton Road 1925 onwards
by JAFitz
30th May 2017 8:59pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
wirral from Liverpool big wheel
New Brighton Big Wheel
Topic Replies
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
31 minutes 44 seconds ago
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
Yesterday at 11:27 PM
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by lincle
Yesterday at 12:03 PM
60 KG Weights set & exercise bars FOR SALE 40 !!
by GaryFromWirral
Yesterday at 10:25 AM
What song are you listening to?
by snowhite
23rd Jun 2017 11:37pm
Where In The Wirral Is It??
by Mark
23rd Jun 2017 1:25pm
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by lansyp
23rd Jun 2017 10:22am
Unilever's Power Stations
by Jimbo620
23rd Jun 2017 8:18am
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
22nd Jun 2017 7:37pm
June
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
18th Jun 2017 11:41am
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
17th Jun 2017 7:28pm
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#797032 - 30th May 2013 2:13pm Mark Bridger has been found guilty
Willo_ Offline
Forum Master

Registered: 5th Jul 2012
Posts: 2518
Loc: Merseyside
Mark Bridger has been found guilty of the abduction and murder of schoolgirl April Jones.

The five-year-old vanished while playing on her bike near her home on the Bryn y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on October 1 last year.

Her body has never been found despite the biggest search in British policing History.

A jury of nine women and three men convicted Bridger of abducting and murdering April, and of of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The 47-year-old former slaughterhouse worker had denied the allegations and claimed he killed the youngster when he accidentally ran over her, but could not remember what he did with the body because he was drunk and panicking.

The jury at Mold Crown Court returned the unanimous verdicts following four hours and six minutes of deliberations.

In the dock, Bridger, wearing a blue shirt and spotted tie, appeared to hold back tears as the guilty verdicts were read out in court.

April's grieving parents, Paul, 41, and Coral, 43, who have attended every day of the month-long trial, looked on from the public gallery.

Mrs Jones wiped tears away from her face as she heard the verdicts, which were met in complete silence.

Bridger confessed that he may have disposed of April's body to a Catholic priest while on remand in Strangeways prison in Manchester, it can be revealed.

Details of his cell-room conversation emerged during legal argument in the trial - but were never heard by the jury.

Bridger was described as a "cold-hearted murderer" who "spun a web of lies and half-truths" to try to get away with his "truly horrific" crime, by prosecutors after the verdicts.

Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, told the trial Bridger murdered five-year-old April and then played a "cruel game" in an attempt to cover his tracks.

Drops of April's blood and fragments of bone, thought to have come from an adolescent human, were found by forensics officers at Bridger's rented cottage, Mount Pleasant, in Ceinws, Powys. It was visited by the jury in the first week of the trial.

Jurors were told that Bridger was a "fantasist" who had "a clear interest in child pornography and in child murder cases".

He had been watching a brutal rape scene from the 2009 re-make of the slasher film, The Last House on the Left, "not long before" April was murdered, it can be reported for the first time.

The jury was shown indecent images stored on a computer taken from the killer's home.

They included many extreme pictures of naked underage girls being sexually abused, as well as cartoon images featuring "monster sex" with "humanoids" abusing girls.

Bridger was also found to have images of April, her half-sisters, aged 13 and 16, and of the victims of "real-life" crimes including Soham victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in a folder labelled "Clothes".

On the day April was abducted, Bridger's girlfriend had ended their relationship and he had tried to ask out three different women on Facebook.

The youngster was playing near her home on the day disappeared with a seven-year-old friend, who told the court she had seen April get into Bridger's Land Rover.

It is believed Bridger, who fathered six children with four different women, lured the schoolgirl into the vehicle with the false offer of a sleepover with his daughter.

"He isn't somebody that had been on our radar," Detective Superintendent Andy John, the senior investigating officer, said.

The next morning, unbeknown to him, Bridger was placed under police surveillance.

He was spotted close to the River Dyfi, which runs through Machynlleth, carrying a plastic bag.

Police arrested him the same day close to the river, while he claimed to have been helping in the search of the missing schoolgirl.

He is expected to be sentenced later at 2pm.

Source
_________________________
..

Top
Google Ads
#797036 - 30th May 2013 2:27pm Re: Mark Bridger has been found guilty [Re: Willo_]
rhoobarb2002 Offline
Veteran

Registered: 13th Aug 2011
Posts: 680
Loc: Wirral
Thankfully another obviously sick person off the streets, although how long fo remains to be seen. It is just heartbreaking that a child paid the ultimate price for it. So sad. frown

As April has not been found, the evidence must have been overwhelming.


Edited by rhoobarb2002 (30th May 2013 2:28pm)

Top
#797046 - 30th May 2013 3:30pm Re: Mark Bridger has been found guilty [Re: Willo_]
Willo_ Offline
Forum Master

Registered: 5th Jul 2012
Posts: 2518
Loc: Merseyside
Mark Bridger will spend the rest of his life in prison for the abduction and murder of schoolgirl April Jones.

The five-year-old vanished while playing on her bike near her home on the Bryn y Gog estate in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on October 1 last year.

Her body has never been found despite the biggest search in British policing History.

Bridger was given a whole life sentence by trial judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams after he was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court of April's abduction and murder and of perverting the course of justice by unlawfully disposing, destroying or concealing her body.

The 47-year-old stood impassively as sentence was handed down but shook his head when the judge addressed his perverted interest in violent child abuse.

Calling him a "pathological and glib liar", the judge said: "There is no doubt in my mind that you are a paedophile, who has for some time harboured sexual and morbid fantasies about young girls."

The judge added that Bridger had stored on his laptop "not only images of pre-pubescent and pubescent girls but foul pornography of the gross sexual abuse of young children".

Bridger had denied the allegations and claimed he killed the youngster when he accidentally ran over her, but could not remember what he did with the body because he was drunk and panicking.

In his sentencing remarks, the judge said Bridger had abducted April "for a sexual purpose and then murdered her and disposed of her body to hide the evidence of your sexual abuse of her".

He said it could not be inferred from the evidence where he murdered the schoolgirl "but if she was alive when you took her to the house, she died there".

"How you disposed of her body must remain a mystery. It will serve no purpose for me to speculate as to what happened but all the indications are that you burnt at least a part of her in the wood burner," he added.

The judge also said the "grief of April's parents cannot be over-stated" and that without knowledge of what happened to their daughter "her parents will probably never come to terms with their grievous loss".

The jury at Mold Crown Court returned the unanimous verdicts following four hours and six minutes of deliberations.
_________________________
..

Top
#797200 - 31st May 2013 1:51am Re: Mark Bridger has been found guilty [Re: Willo_]
granny Offline

Wiki Master

Registered: 29th Jun 2011
Posts: 14435
Loc: Wirral
This, in my heart, is an overwhelmingly sad case.

Poor little April.

Her parents have been so exceptionally brave, and although everything inside them must be broken, I passionately hope, they will one day be be able to rebuild a part of their lives.
_________________________
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
~Chief Seattle

Top

Moderator:  Mod 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
23rd Jun 2017 9:38am
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
22nd Jun 2017 7:37pm
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
22nd Jun 2017 8:00am
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
For Sale & Free
Washing machine
by GingerTom
20th Jun 2017 9:05pm
22" full 1080p hd and freeview tv
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:50pm
Apple TV box the 1gen
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:48pm
42 lf smart tv
by stumpyduck
20th Jun 2017 8:15pm
Wanted roof box
by monsterz4
19th Jun 2017 10:32am
Featured Member
Registered: 2nd May 2010
Posts: 525
Newest Members
DaveAitch, Fairz87, mikerobbo84, Robbo1960, Gwhiz03
12329 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
woofie (55)
New Wirral Info
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:19pm
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:02pm
Property Law
by lau2908
14th Jun 2017 8:04pm
van driver needed
by futurepast
14th Jun 2017 7:34pm
Sailing volunteers
by dogsbrain
14th Jun 2017 4:31pm
News : New Topics
Bexit Offer for EU Citizens
by granny
23rd Jun 2017 9:38am
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
22nd Jun 2017 7:37pm
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
19th Jun 2017 11:42am
Grenfell Tower - Notting Hill
by diggingdeeper
14th Jun 2017 5:13am
Manchester airport
by Dilly
9th Jun 2017 6:01pm
New Enthusiast Forums
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
22nd Jun 2017 8:00am
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
18th Jun 2017 6:02pm
Code reader
by madrob
16th Jun 2017 9:09am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Sun 4:44am
Sunset Sun 9:45pm
Local Time Sun 11:34am
WikiWirral Can . . . .