Lifetime behind bars is 'too good' for Mark Bridger says grandparents of April Jones

Bridger is one of fewer than 50 prisoners in Britain who have no prospect of release

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A lifetime behind bars is “too good” for April Jones’s murderer Mark Bridger, the 5-year-old’s grandparents have said.

At Mold Crown Court earlier this week, Bridger, 47, was found guilty of abducting and murdering April Jones in a sexually motivated attack.

He is now one of fewer than 50 prisoners in Britain who have no prospect of release.

In an interview for the S4C programme Living without April, to be broadcast at 8pm tonight, April’s grandfather Dai Smith said Bridger’s crimes warranted the death penalty.

“Jail is too good for them,” he said. “I think they should bring back hanging or the injection or something like that. But I think they should suffer first… like she had to suffer.”

His wife Linda agreed, saying: “There’s no justice they can give him that will ever bring April back, there’s nothing they can do that will ever compensate for taking her life away.”

April went missing in October last year, and her remains have never been found.

“I think when a child dies in an accident it’s a terrible thing, but I think this is worse – the fact that we don't have her body,” Dai, the step-father of April’s father Paul Jones, said. “I don't think anyone will ever know for sure what happened to her – only him.”

They said the loss of their granddaughter is a constant torment. "It’s hard,” Dai said. “You go out and people ask you questions and it’s difficult to know what to say. We miss her every day. Think about her every day. Talk about her every day. She'll always be in our lives… in our minds.”

Linda added: “I don't think we'll ever really come to terms with it.  It's like a dream, really – it’s not real… But it is real, obviously.”