25 March 2020 02:31
A NEW documentary shows how police managed to snare the murderer of the five-year-old April Jones who lied to cops in never-seen-before tapes. After lying to police about accidentally killing April, Mark Bridger was convicted of murder after police found blood on his walls and indecent images on his laptop. 6 April went missing on October 1, 2012 Credit: Handout - Getty 6 Mark Bridger who was first interviewed by police Credit: PA:Press Association 6 The interrogation room where Bridger was questioned by police Credit: Channel 5 In the documentary, shown on Channel 5, Mark Bridger can be heard in the interrogation tapes lying to police during his first interview, saying 'if I knew where she was I'd tell you'. April was murdered by Bridger in October 2012 after he abducted her in his car in Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. Bridger had first claimed that he had run April over while she was riding her bicycle with a friend and he did not remember disposing of his body because he was drunk.
In the recording, Bridger can be heard crying while lying to police. While speaking to DC Alice Thomas, he says: "Obviously she hasn't been found yet. If I really, honestly knew where she was, I would tell you." He went on to say he had been thinking about April's mother and father for "hours" in his cell. But police grew suspicious of Bridger in his first interview. DS Andy John said: "There was these tear-drops that were dropping onto the paper, almost the size of a 10p piece, and then he'd look up at you, and there was nothing, no indication that he had been crying at all." most read in news FINE THREAT Employers can be FINED if they demand workers turn up when they should be home Exclusive FIRM FURY Scots construction bosses recorded telling workers to carry on during lockdown TOOLS DOWN Sturgeon says all building sites must shut as workies snapped crammed into cabin 'SELFISH' Scots high street mobbed despite coronavirus 'lockdown' as locals hit out Exclusive SELF HELP Self-employed hit by shutdown to get 80 per cent of income in emergency package Exclusive GRIM FIND Man's body found in campervan by horrified kids in secluded Edinburgh car park Bridger became a suspect after police matched the description of his left-handed car with that of what a witness had saw. Due to there being no damage on his car from the supposed crash, police grew more suspicious about his story. After a search in his house police found blood splatters on his bathroom wall and found indecent images of children on his laptop. In the never-before-seen tapes, DC Thomas and DS John confront Bridger about the child pornography to which he becomes aggressive. But despite this, he still denies sexually assaulting the five-year-old April. He said: "I have stuck by my story, and I'm still sticking to my story that April was crushed under the wheel of my car." After a five-week trial it took the jury just four hours to decide that the father-of six had lured April into his car before killing her. He has always hidden the identity of her whereabouts but April's bone fragments were found in his fire. Bridger was sentenced on 30 May 2013, to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released. 6 Bridger receiving his sentence Credit: PA:Press Association 6 Investigators searching Bridger's house Credit: Daniel Jones - The Sun 6 April's mother, Coral Jones, seen crying Credit: Getty Images - Getty We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.