He spent several hours viewing images of a 14-year-old local girl who was the daughter of a friend of his, and also contacted four women via text or Facebook to ask if they wanted to meet him for a drink.
He later attended the same parents’ evening at April’s school, where his daughter is also a pupil. Bridger, who says he had been drinking beforehand and was not sober, stayed for around 20 minutes.
What happened to murdered April Jones and who is Mark Bridger?
A murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought. This state of mind may, depending upon the jurisdiction, distinguish murder from other forms of unlawful homicide, such as manslaughter. Manslaughter is a killing committed in the absence of malice, brought about by reasonable provocation, or diminished capacity. Involuntary manslaughter, where it is recognized, is a killing that lacks all but the most attenuated guilty intent (mens rea), recklessness.
Most societies consider murder to be a very serious crime, and thus believe that the person charged should receive harsh punishments for the purposes of retribution, deterrence, rehabilitation, or incapacitation. In most countries, a person convicted of murder generally faces a long-term prison sentence, possibly a life sentence where permitted.
In many common law jurisdictions, a person convicted of murder will receive a mandatory life sentence. In jurisdictions where capital punishment exists, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act; however, this practice is now less common.
Shortly after leaving in his Land Rover Discovery, he approached a couple of school girls aged eight and 10 who were playing in the local area. Winding down his car window, Bridger invited one of them to a sleepover with his daughter, before driving off.
Shortly afterwards, a witness saw him pull up next to garages on the estate, near to where April was playing with a seven-year-old friend who lived close by.