The sentencing remarks can be found here. An overview of how someone is sentenced for murder is here. Griffith Williams J sets out in his sentencing remarks why a whole life tariff , rather than a length, but determinate, tariff was imposed (such as the 38 year minimum imposed on Stuart Hazell).
The starting point for someone who abducts and murders a child is a whole life tariff. Given that Mr Bridger was convicted of kidnapping April Jones, this is clearly satisfied. In relation to the question of whether the murder had a sexual motivation, the Judge said that “this much is certain – you abducted her for a sexual purpose and then murdered her and disposed of her body to hide the evidence of your sexual abuse of her“. This is an aggravating feature.
Further aggravating features are the fact that the kidnap was premeditated and that the body was concealed.
For all of these reasons, while there may well be an appeal against the whole life order (after all, there is very little for Mr Bridger to lose), it is unlikely to be successful.
One last point, and that relates to the ‘Victim Surcharge‘. Given that April Jones was abducted on 1st October 2012, it would seem that this is a case where the surcharge would apply (see Art 7(2) Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012). The Judge should have ordered Mr Bridger to pay £120. This would have been a pointless order given that Mr Bridger will never be released from prison. It may well have been seen as more insulting to have made the order.