UPDATE: Bridger “admits responsibility” for April Jones’ death but pleads not guilty to murder

mark bridgerMARK Bridger, the man accused of abducting 5-year-old April Jones from Machynlleth, has pleaded not guilty to his charges at a case management hearing at Mold Crown Court.

However, his barrister Brendan Kelly QC stated that Bridger was “not guilty of murder but that he accepted that he was probably responsible for her death”.

No further details of the hearing can be reported, including the evidence mentioned in the case.

Bridger, 47, is charged with murder, abduction and perverting the course of justice and has plead not guilty to all the charges.  The charge of perverting the course of justice relates to the unlawful concealment and disposal of a body.

The full trial is expected to start on February 25th at Mold Crown Court and take 4 weeks, including a visit to Machynlleth by the jury.

April Jones disappeared on the evening of 1 October 2012. A search operation continues, with 16 teams from Dyfed-Powys Police involved.