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April Jones trial: 'blood match at Mark Bridger's home'

By Emcfarnon  |  Posted: May 01, 2013

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April went missing near her home in Machynlleth on October 1 and has never been found. The trial, which is due to last six weeks, continues

Blood found at the home of a man accused of murdering missing April Jones matched that of the five-year-old, a court has heard.

Mark Bridger, 47, from Ceinws, Powys denies abducting and murdering five-year-old April, who went missing seven months ago close to her home in nearby Machynlleth.

He also denies intending to pervert the course of justice.

The jury at Mold Crown Court today heard how blood stains on a carpet, sofa and near a fireplace at Mr Bridger's home matched April's DNA.

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It was a one-in-a-billion chance the blood was not April's, the jury heard.

Earlier today the court was told Mr Bridger approached two girls aged eight and 10 on October 1 last year, the day April went missing.

One was friendly with his daughter and he invited her for a sleepover, it was said.

The court was also told Mr Bridger had said to police he wished he knew what he had done with April. He told police he had accidentally crushed her with his car and panicked.

The jury was also told Mr Bridger looked at images of child pornography in the hours before he allegedly snatched April.

Earlier the court heard how bone fragments consistent with those of a juvenile human skull and a concentration of blood was found near his wood burner. There was also evidence of an extensive clean up, the court was told.

The jury also heard on the morning before April went missing Mr Bridger had contacted three women via Facebook, asking two of them to meet up.

April went missing near her home in Machynlleth on October 1 and has never been found.

The trial, which is due to last six weeks, continues.

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