The vile pervert who murdered little April Jones has claimed he is haunted by her ghost.
Mark Bridger told another prisoner he is tortured by visions of the five-year-old appearing in his jail cell at night.
The claims are included in court papers obtained by the Daily Mirror. They were never made public during Bridger’s trial.
In a prosecution witness statement, Bridger’s fellow inmate said: “He told me he [Bridger] thinks he has been visited by a ghost at night.
“He believes this ghost to be that of April Jones, who is brought to him by another male ghost.
“When he has told me about the ghosts, Bridger has been visibly upset.” Former abattoir worker Bridger, 48, kidnapped April in Machynlleth, Powys, before murdering her and dumping her body in October 2012.
He was jailed for life in May 2013 and will die behind bars.
Bridger claimed he accidentally ran April over and cannot remember what happened afterwards as he was drunk. The killer’s fellow inmate said he told him the same story when they were both being held at HMP Manchester.
He added: “He stated he had run over a young girl called April Jones by accident and killed her, but that the police had not believed him and he had been charged with her murder.
“Bridger was adamant there was no sexual assault.
“I was shocked by this because he was quite happy to tell me he had killed her but seemed desperate to stress there was nothing sexual involved.
“Bridger then mentioned to me that there was blood in his house he had tried to clean up. He also mentioned at one point he ran up to the bathroom to be sick.”
The prisoner added that Bridger admitted washing the clothes he was wearing when he killed April and cleaning her blood from the inside of his car and the front bumper of his Land Rover.
Bone fragments were found in the fireplace at his home.
Bridger allegedly confessed to a prison priest at HMP Manchester that he dumped April’s corpse in a river.
But the paedophile has since refused to admit what he did with the youngster’s body, denying her parents Paul and Coral the dignity of burying their daughter.
Bridger is now in Wakefield prison – dubbed Monster Mansion as it is home to some of Britain’s sickest criminals.
The jail witness, who wants to remain anonymous, was released this year after serving his sentence.