Mark Bridger, the man accused of killing April Jones is on trail and the stories and facts coming from the court room make you winder what kind of animal would ruin a human life that way. While I am more than aware of innocent until proven guilty and many times in this blog have talked about the need for the system to see the case through the evidence is already stacked against Bridger in a way that Houdini would struggle to escape from.
Seen getting into his Land Rover, DNA and blood matching hers across his house, admitting he had her in his car and fragments of bone matching that of a child’s skull found in his wood burner it’s hard to see past the man as the perpetrator of this heinous crime. I cannot and do not ever want to know what went on in his mind, but for the sake of April’s brave parents sitting listening to this story unfold day after day I hope the truth will come out and give them the answers that they need to at least try to put their lives back together again. I cannot begin to comprehend what they are going through and the sense of loss and anger and emptiness their hearts must be experiencing. And if the evidence coming out is true they are never even going to be able to lay their daughter’s body to rest to achieve some kind of closure. If he is the guilty party then to withhold the truth would be almost as big a crime as the murder itself.
I’ve never been of the point of view that capital punishment solves anything but cases like this really test my beliefs. Some will say it’s the easy way out to take his life and let him escape from living with the knowledge he ruined people’s lives, but if he is going to deny it and refuse to acknowledge what he has done, if proved guilty, then does he deserve to live? Does he deserve to see out his days while the parents sit at home with an empty chair at their table? Does he deserve the chance to rehabilitate himself and potentially be let out of jail in twenty or so years? I find it hard to concede that he has the “right” to live when a five-year old girl no longer does. Then it could be argued that any life is too precious to be taken and at what point does the age of the victim change those circumstances. I don’t have the answer but I’m certainly asking the question in this case.
As the case unfolds more and more difficult truths will emerge, emotions will be unbearable and the hurt the family are feeling will be felt by every parent throughout the country. We’ll check on our own kids more and hug them just that little bit more tightly, but for the lottery of life that could have been us in that position.