Tuesday, 21 May 2013

more rope redux.......

I posted about Mark Bridger on 30th April 2013, at the start of his trial. At the time I quoted:

After the first day of the trial, the judge reminded the jury to decide the case fairly and squarely on the evidence you hear..... that shouldn't be too difficult then.....

 After reading the latest report on the trial:

April Jones: Bridger Denies Sexual Assault

Mike McCarthy, at Mold Crown Court
The jury in the trial of Mark Bridger has been hearing transcripts of interviews he had with police after he was arrested for April's murder. When asked whether he had acted with a sexual motive, Bridger said that "this was not the case at all". When asked directly whether he had sexually assaulted the five-year-old, he replied: "I most certainly did not."

The former abattoir worker says he accidentally killed the youngster when he ran her over and accepts that he must have got rid of her body but cannot remember how due to the fact he was drunk and panicking.

When discussing possible methods of disposing of April's body, Bridger said that he would not have put her body in water because he was "scared of drowning". The court was read a statement from detention officer Stephen Carr who said that Bridger, who was once a firefighter for the London Fire Brigade, told him he would have "laid her to rest" for the body to be found and that he may have covered it with a tarpaulin sheet.

Mr Carr added: "He went on to say he could have burnt the body but with his firefighter training he informed me that burning flesh smells like pork. "He said the flesh would smell and his clothing would smell and that he would remember having set a fire."

The jury heard Bridger told an interviewing police officer he did not think he would have taken April out of his car as someone would have seen him. Bridger told police: "They would have lynched me. They would have got hold of me." But he told the police if he had been seen then it would have "proved then what I want to prove to you. That I crushed her and I gave her as much medical attention as I could." He is also alleged to have told police: "She is a human being. I wouldn't have put her in a bin. That's disgusting."

The public gallery at Mold Crown Court was cleared as indecent images taken from 47-year-old Bridger's computer were shown to the jury. The court heard that some of the images depicted children being sexually abused or tortured by adults or other children. 

When asked by detectives about them, Bridger said he had "stumbled across them". Asked why he had then saved them, he said he wanted to complain about the images to get them removed from the internet, insisting he wrote to the websites concerned. After he was shown an image of a topless girl aged between about eight and 10 years, the court heard Bridger claimed there was "nothing sexual" in the picture, adding he kept it in case his daughter asked him about her development.

Questioned about an internet search for "naked 5yr old girls" Bridger claimed not to remember typing any such term, though he said he did remember searching for "infant model" pictures. Bridger also insisted he downloaded indecent images of young children only for "research", adding: "I don't find child pornography a turn on."

At one point the interviewing officer said: "You have researched various murders of  young girls. The fact that I am talking to you about April... is that co-incidence?" Police say Bridger became "upset" when during the interview he was shown images of April found on his laptop. April disappeared while playing near her home in Machynlleth on October 1, 2012, and has never been found.

Bridger, 47, from Ceinws, Powys, denies abduction and murder, as well as perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues..... really ? ... honestly why are they bothering ?

I shouldn't think the jury are going to have a tough job.....