Mark Bridger appears in court charged with murder and abduction of April Jones

Bridger departs court this morning

MARK Bridger made his first court appearance today at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court to be formally read his charges.

Bridger arrived in a prison van, as around 20 members of the public booed and shouted abuse, and some threw a number of objects.

In the court, he stood in the dock wearing a blue top, as he was read his charges:

Between 30.09.12 and 03.10.12 at Machynlleth you murdered April Sue Lyn Jones contrary to common law

On 01.10.12 at Machynlleth without lawful authority or reasonable excuse took April Sue Lyn Jones, a child under the age of 16, so as to keep her out of the lawful control of a person entitled to lawful control of the said child.
Between 30.09.12 and 03.10.12 at Machynlleth with intent to pervert the course of justice did an act, namely the unlawful disposal and concealment, of the body of April, which had a tendency to pervert the course of public justice.

The 46-year old cried as he nodded to confirm his details.

Bridger was remanded in custody and will appear by video link in Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday 10th October for the next hearing.