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April Jones Murder Accused Mark Bridger To Go On Trial At Mold Crown Court On Monday

29/04/2013 07:21 BST | Updated 29/04/2013 07:35 BST

The man accused of murdering five-year-old April Jones will go on trial on Monday, and the jury will be sworn in.

Former lifeguard Mark Bridger, 47, was arrested the day after April vanished while playing on her bike near her home in Machynlleth, mid-Wales, on October 1 last year.

The disappearance of April, who had cerebral palsy, sparked a massive outpouring of support for her family, with hundreds of people joining the search. It was one of the largest searches in police history.

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April Jones's disappearance sparked a huge police search operation

The youngster's body has never been found despite a major operation led by Dyfed Powys Police.

Bridger, of Ceinws, is charged with abducting and murdering April, and of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

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April has been missing since last year

He pleaded not guilty to the allegations on January 14 at Mold Crown Court.

The trial, also at Mold, is expected to be occupied with legal matters and jury selection today and is due to open later this week.

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