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Former lifeguard Mark Bridger has conceded he is "probably responsible" for the death of April Jones but has denied her abduction and murder.
Bridger, who is accused of abducting the five-year-old as she played near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, will go on trial next month.
At a plea and management hearing at Mold crown court, Flintshire, Bridger denied abduction, murder and intending to pervert the course of justice by concealing or disposing of the child's body.
In court it emerged his case would be that he was probably responsible for her death. The judge, Mr Justice Griffith-Williams, said: "The defendant's case is that he was probably responsible for the death of April." The defence counsel and the judge agreed this could be reported before the trial. No more details were given.
Originally posted by LEL01
reply to post by KilgoreTrout
When I heard this on the news I thought it might be that he took her but passed her on to someone else, but I've been thinking that all along.
I see he is going not guilty for abducting her, so unless he had somebody else in or using his car then Insomniac is probably right, he's going for diminished responsibility.
They haven't found her body yet as far as I know but I'm sure he knows where she is or what happened to her.
I've been wondering that all along as well - his plea does seem to acknowledge an involvement with what happened, at least. He has links with the military / guards, links with the leisure industry round Machynlleth and links with the entertainment world through the extended family and the other regulars at the Red Lion pub. A lot of places to look.
Originally posted by Anthony2
This timing seems significant when 3 events are taken together;
1. 22 April, police say they are stopping the search for April Jones because they have thoroughly searched everywhere in the Machynllech area, www.guardian.co.uk...
2. 30 April, 11.34am reported that Jury sworn in for Mark Bridger's trial, www.guardian.co.uk...
3. 30 April, 20.52pm reported that blood and bone fragments had been found at Mark Bridger's home near Machynllech - no date given for the find but not previously reported, Additionally, all kinds of incriminating material was found on his computer, www.bbc.co.uk...