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Murder accused wept at 999 call.

THE man accused of murdering schoolgirl April Jones was a "fantasist" who had "a clear interest in child pornography and in child murder cases", a court heard yesterday.

Mark Bridger, 47, who wept in court at a harrowing 999 call, claimed to have served in the SAS but was in fact an abattoir worker.

He murdered the fiveyear-old and played a "cruel game" in an attempt to cover his tracks, Mold Crown Court heard.

April vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on October 1 last year and her body has never been found.

The court heard that investigators found numerous indecent images on the defendant's laptop, as well as pictures of young girls who had been murdered.

Bridger also had images of April and her half-sisters, aged 13 and 16, as well as those of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman from the Soham murder case, the jury heard.

On the first day of his trial, the court heard that Bridger had "a clear interest in child pornography and in child murder cases".

The jury was also told Bridger accepts that he "probably killed" April in a car accident, but that he "blanked out" afterwards and cannot remember what he did with her body.

Bridger wept in court as the 999 call was played to the jury in which April's mother Coral can be heard pleading with the police for help.

The jury was shown a photo of the cottage where Bridger lived - and where April's blood and DNA were found.

When police searched Bridger's house, he had carried out an "extensive clean up" - but failed to get rid of all the evidence, Elwen Evans QC, prosecuting, said. Traces of blood were found and it matched April's DNA.

There was a concentration of blood found around the wood burner in the living room, the jury heard. Around the wood burner were a number of knives, including a boning knife, which was badly burnt.

Miss Evans said bone fragments consistent with being from a juvenile skull were found at Bridger's home.

'' The jury was told Bridger accepts that he "probably killed" April in a car accident, but that he cannot remember what he did with her body.

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April Jones, whose body has never been found. Inset, Mark Bridger.
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Date:May 1, 2013
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