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Bridger charged with murder of April

Created on 06/10/2012 @ 15:53


Mark Bridger, 46, has been charged with the murder of April Jones 5. The following statements have been issued:
Statement from Iwan Jenkins, District Crown Prosecutor, Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales
“The Crown Prosecution Service has been in close contact with Dyfed Powys Police as their extensive investigation into April’s disappearance has developed.  In particular, we have been offering advice and guidance to the police since the suspect Mark Bridger was arrested last Tuesday.
“My role is to examine the evidence that is currently available and advise the police in respect of charges.
“I now have to advise that, having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far by Dyfed Powys Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Mark Bridger with the murder of April Jones, and that it is in the public interest to do so.  
“I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the defendant with attempting to pervert the course of justice and child abduction.
“Accordingly, I have authorised Dyfed Powys Police to charge him with these offences and he will appear before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.
“I realise that this is an incredibly difficult time for April’s family, friends and the community. My thoughts are with them – and indeed with all those affected by this week’s events.
“The huge public and media interest in this case is understandable. I would just like to stress that, whilst Mark Bridger stands accused of serious criminal charges, he retains the right to a fair trial. I would therefore ask that nothing is placed in the public domain that may undermine the criminal justice process.”
Chief Constable Jackie Roberts
“Now that Mark Bridger has been charged with this horrific crime it is time to let the judicial process take its course and time to let the family come to terms with what has happened over the last week. In the meantime our efforts to find April will be as meticulous as they have been from the outset of this enquiry until we have exhausted all available options.”
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