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'Troll' Gordon Mullen admits April Jones web abuse

April Jones and Mark Bridger
Image caption Mark Bridger is serving a full life term for abducting and murdering April Jones

An internet "troll" who went on the run after posting abusive remarks online about murdered Welsh schoolgirl April Jones has appeared in court.

Gordon Mullen, 24, of Saltcoats in Ayrshire, made the comments on Facebook after the five-year-old went missing in October last year.

Appearing at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court after four months at large, he admitted breaching the Communications Act.

Mullen was freed on bail and will be sentenced next month.

A major police operation was launched after April near her home in Machynlleth, Powys, on 1 October 2012. Her body has never been found.

'Shocking posts'

Mullen's co-accused, Liam Young, 25, of Ardrossan, was given 120 hours unpaid work last month after admitting disorderly conduct by sending indecent and offensive remarks about April.

The pair had been in a three-way Facebook conversation, with each "trying to be more shocking than the other", the court had heard.

In May, Bridger was convicted at Mold Crown Court of April's abduction, murder, and perverting the course of justice. He was given a whole life term.

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