Jayden Parkinson killing: Jury sent home

 Jayden Parkinson Jayden Parkinson was found dead on 18 December last year

Related Stories

A jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and burying her in his uncle's grave has been sent home and will not resume its deliberations until Thursday.

Ben Blakeley, 22, admits killing Jayden Parkinson, 17, and burying her near Didcot, Oxfordshire, but denies murder.

His brother, Jake Blakeley, 17, admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing her lawful burial.

The Oxford Crown Court jury retired to consider its verdicts last Wednesday.

The jury will not return until Thursday as one of them has a hospital appointment.

The court previously heard Ben Blakeley strangled Jayden during an argument.

He said he had grabbed her around the throat but had not intended to kill her and thought she was joking before realising she was dead.

Jayden was last seen on 3 December when she met Mr Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, to discuss her pregnancy.

Her body was found 15 days later. A post-mortem examination revealed she died from pressure to the neck.

Ben Blakeley has told the jury that he dug two shallow graves, one in the countryside close to where he strangled her, and the second in the grave of his uncle, Alan Kennedy, at All Saints' churchyard in Didcot.

He moved the body in a suitcase to the second grave three days after killing her.

Jake Blakeley, of Venners Water, Didcot, told Oxford Crown Court he had helped his brother with both burials but claimed he did not know they were burying a body.

Map: Locations around Didcot

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories



  • Firth of Forth bridgeWhat came Firth?

    How the Forth was crossed before the famous bridge

  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?

  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.