‘I knew my sis­ter wouldn’t be com­ing home... my en­tire world fell apart’

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

THE SIS­TER of mur­dered April Jones has de­scribed how her en­tire world fell apart when she found out the fiveyear-old would not be com­ing home.

Jazmin Jones was 16 when April was snatched from out­side her home in Machyn­l­leth on Oc­to­ber 1, 2012 be­fore be­ing killed by Mark Bridger.

Five years on from the ab­duc­tion, Miss Jones said she “kind of fig­ured” April was not com­ing home within hours of her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Of find­ing out that the 47-year-old pae­dophile had been charged, she said: “You want to scream, you want to shout, you want to cry, you’ve got all these emo­tions run­ning through you and you have no idea what to do with them.

“When you lose some­one any­way, it’s an emo­tional time. But los­ing some­one like this where you don’t know what’s hap­pened, you haven’t got any­thing to bury, you haven’t got any­thing to say good­bye to, your en­tire world just falls apart.”

Bridger, who was con­victed of mur­der, child ab­duc­tion and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice, re­fused to tell po­lice what he had done with April’s body – although of­fi­cers did re­cover frag­ments of her skull from his fire­place.

Miss Jones said she had “kind of come to terms” with the fact that Bridger was never go­ing to re­veal where April’s re­mains are.

“At first I was re­ally an­gry be­cause I just wanted to say good­bye,” she said. “But then, I got to the point when I was like, he’s never go­ing to say any­thing so I don’t know why I’m keep­ing my hopes up... there’s no point in giv­ing... my time or en­ergy about it. It’s just not worth it.”

Dur­ing his trial Bridger claimed he could not re­mem­ber what he had done with April.

He was sen­tenced ced to a whole life tar­iff, mean­ing he will die be­hind bars.

Miss Jones added:: “I think as a fam­ily, y, find­ing out whatt hap­pened and what truly hap­pened that night, I think in a sense that could could de­stroy us.

“I think it’s eas­ierer for us not to ever ver know.”

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