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  • 16 December 2013, 12:47

April Jones' Killer Mark Bridger Launches Appeal

The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones have told of their disgust after learning their daughter's killer has launched an appeal.

Mark Bridger, 47, was given a whole-life sentence in May after being found guilty of kidnapping and murdering the schoolgirl.

Her parents Coral and Paul Jones told The Sun newspaper that police had warned them last week that Bridger had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal.

The killer - one of only 49 prisoners in the UK serving whole-life tariffs - is appealing against his sentence.

The Judicial Office said his application has been referred to the full court with a hearing due in the new year.

Mrs Jones, 41, blasted the move and said her family continue to be "tortured" by Bridger.

"It's disgusting," she told the newspaper. "He's in prison where he belongs and he should stay there.

"He's just torturing my family with these legal battles. It's like he's taunting us, like he wants to show he's got the upper hand."

She added that Bridger had already tried to claim compensation following an attack by a fellow inmate while at the top-security Wakefield Prison, in West Yorkshire, earlier this year.

Bridger, a father of six, snatched April near her home in Machynlleth, Wales, on October 1 last year.

The little girl's body has never been found.

The Ministry of Justice said it could not comment on individual cases.

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