I’ve purposely held back from writing about the terrible events surrounding the disappearance of five year-old April Jones. The story has been at the forefront of news bulletins for over a week now and with every passing day, the last rays of hope of finding April alive are extinguished.
There are three points I want to make...
Firstly, I accept the notion of “innocent until proven guilty”, but proverbially speaking there is rarely smoke without fire and the police must have the soundest reasons for charging Mark Bridger with murder. If guilt is proven, there is no amount of remorse or mitigation that can excuse the taking of a child’s life and it saddens me... in fact it sickens me that the British justice system simply cannot hand down a suitable punishment...
Secondly, no parent should ever outlive their offspring. But to lose a child that was only out playing as a reward for a fantastic school report..? No words will ease the guilt of circumstance that will torture April’s parents for the rest of their lives. Their pain is beyond imagination and I feel so very sorry for them.
Finally... and most tragic of all, April Jones will be frozen in time as a five year-old child, so cruelly denied the chance of a future... or more accurately the right to a future. April could have grown up to be almost anything... but no one will ever know the difference she could and would have made... the happiness she would have brought into the lives of others... maybe she would have had children, created another generation... so many empty, unwritten pages in a book that looks to have ended suddenly and far far too soon.
There is nothing more that I want to say... except God bless you April Jones x
All my own work... almost.