We watched last night’s ten o’clock news – and it didn’t make for easy viewing: the stories included a court appearance of one of the suspects accused of Lee Rigby’s murder, ongoing trouble in Syria, the arrest of someone in connection with the disappearance of teenager Georgia Williams—and the sentencing of Mark Bridger for the kidnap and murder of April Jones.
Bridger has been told he will die in prison, after being found guilty of an horrific crime which robbed a five year-old girl of her life... her future and ripped apart a family who have so far been denied the (albeit minimal) comfort of knowing the whereabouts of their daughter’s body.
April’s mother, Coral, showed remarkable composure in reading out a statement following Bridger’s sentencing. I doubt I’d have been able to show such courage and dignity given the circumstances. Their focus, quite rightly, was on their daughter, but personally, I’d still be wanting nothing but bad things to happen to Bridger during his incarceration.
Bridger clearly possessed an ability to fool those around him into believing he was someone or something he evidently is not. Such people are “clever” in the manipulation of people and situations and much as there will be shock at the revelation, those who “knew” Bridger should not berate themselves for not seeing the reality behind the mask.
He was described as a “pathological liar and a paedophile” and despite his continual claims to the contrary, he will remember every detail of the fate that befell poor April, and his unwillingness to reveal the truth is yet more proof of Bridger’s totally evil, yet unfailingly cowardly nature.
His actions have denied an innocent child the chance of growing up and fulfilling whatever dreams filled her young head. Yet the only thing Mark Bridger is being denied is his liberty. How can that be right?
Notwithstanding any number of ethical arguments, surely there is a potential punishment that befits a crime such as this..?
The sad reality is that the world will move on. New stories will hit the headlines and April’s name will soon become a fading memory for most of us. My thoughts are with her family and friends, for whom the truth is that the years will pass, but the image of this fresh-faced five year old child will be forever frozen in time—the memory of a life taken, and the unimaginable pain that will never disappear.
Gorffwys mewn heddwch April Jones x
All my own work... almost.