Former lifeguard Mark Bridger is “probably responsible” for the death of five-year-old April Jones but denies her abduction and murder, a court has heard.
Bridger, of Mount Pleasant farmhouse in the village of Ceinws, near Machynlleth, will stand trial later this year accused of murdering April, who went missing in mid-Wales last year.
April was last seen playing out on her bike on Machynlleth’s Bryn-y-Gog estate, where she lived, on the evening of October 1.
Bridger was arrested the following day, but the search for April’s body goes on.
Bridger entered not guilty pleas to abduction, murder and perverting the course of justice at Mold Crown Court.
But Brendan Kelly, defending, told the court his client’s defence involves him “conceding that he probably killed the child”.
Mr Justice Griffith-Williams said: “That matter can be reported. You have indicated that the defendant’s case is that he was probably responsible for the death of April.”
The judge ordered that no other evidence in the case can be reported.