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Jayden Parkinson death: Ryan McCann charged over 'courtroom threats'

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Image caption Jayden Parkinson was found dead on 18 December

A man has been charged with a public order offence after threats were made, interrupting a court hearing into the murder of teenager Jayden Parkinson.

Jayden's body was found buried in a freshly-disturbed grave at a cemetery in Didcot, on 18 December.

Ryan McCann, 23, of no fixed abode, is accused of making threats to someone in the public gallery at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.

He appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court earlier and was released on bail.

Mr McCann is due to appear again before the same court on 12 June.

At Monday's hearing, Jayden's former boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, pleaded not guilty to murdering the 17-year-old but admitted manslaughter and perverting the course of justice.

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, was remanded in custody until his trial on 16 June.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named, will face trial on the same date after denying a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Jayden's body was found two weeks after she was reported missing.

An initial post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist proved inconclusive, but further tests found the cause of Jayden's death to be consistent with pressure to the neck.

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