Sunday, 7 October 2012
The right man?
I very much hope the police have charged the right man with the murder of April Jones, but it is less than two years since the arrest of Christopher Jefferies for the murder of Joanna Yeates. The papers quickly turned him into a hate figure and wrote as if he had already been found guilty. In fact he had nothing to do with the killing. Until there is a trial we shall not know what evidence the police have against Mark Bridger. Children said they saw April get into a van, at least that's what I remember from the first reports. If traces of her were found in Bridger's Land Rover that will prove nothing, as he had already taken her with his own children on an outing. But the press seem already to have decided he is guilty. It is very difficult for the police to do their job when hundreds of volunteer searchers and dozens of journalists are milling around. Innocent until proved guilty is an admirable principle. I hope that it will be applied too to the five extradited to America on terrorist charges.