Woman’s hell at murder of young sister
Killer’ s silence was a source of pain and frustration, she reveals
The sister of murdered schoolgirl April Jones has described how her entire world fell apart when she found out the five-year-old would not be coming home.
Jazmin Jones was 16 when April was snatched from outside her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales, on October 1, 2012 before being murdered by Mark Bridger.
In an interview Miss Jones said she “kind of figured” April was not coming home within hours of her disappearance.
Of finding out that the 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.
In the interview, 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 an47-year-old gry because I just wanted to say goodbye,” she said. “But then, I got to the point when I was like, he’s never gonna 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 re- member what he had done with April.
He was sentenced to a whole life tariff.