Kightley murder trial

The parents of seven-week-old Jamie Kightley from Northampton take to the stand today at Nottingham Crown Court to give evidence. They are both charged with murder.

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Kightley jury told to find parents not guilty of murder

The jury in the trial of two parents accused of killing their seven-week-old son have been told to find them not guilty of murder by a judge.

Jamie Kightley Credit: ITV News Central

After hearing evidence in the trial of Adam Kightley and Jackie Parker, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told the jurors at Nottingham Crown Court that there was insufficient evidence to find them guilty of murder.

They will now have to decide whether the pair are guilty of causing or allowing the death of their baby Jamie.


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Jury hears how father discovered son was not breathing

Murder suspect Adam Kightley has told a jury of the moment he discovered his son Jamie was not breathing.

He said he got up on the morning of March 17 last year to go to the toilet and checked on the seven-week-old, and found that he was very white and "didn't look normal".

Jamie Kightley Credit: ITV News Central

Defence counsel Mark Wall QC, acting for Kightley's co-defendant and Jamie's mother Jacqueline Parker, asked Kightley why he didn't pick Jamie up and cuddle him.

Kightley replied: "I was in shock".

Mr Wall suggested that Kightley already knew Jamie was not going to be okay, to which he replied: "Of course not".

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Father accused of murdering son takes the stand

A father charged with murdering his seven week old son has taken to the witness stand in his trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Jamie Kightley died in hospital in March last year. His parents Adam Kightley and Jackie Parker are both accused of murdering him at their flat in Far Cotton, Northampton.

Adam Kightley is accused of killing his seven-week-old son Credit: ITV News Central

Kightley, 24, has begun giving evidence in his defence. He told the jury he was "ecstatic" when he found out Parker was pregnant with Jamie.

His defence counsel, Frances Oldham QC, asked him, "Did you do anything to harm your son in the seven weeks of his life?"

He replied "I didn't - no."Both he and Parker deny murder and another charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.


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Jury sworn in at murder trial of Kightley parents

The jury has been sworn in at the trial of the parents of a seven-week-old baby from Northampton accused of his murder.

The trial is taking place at Nottingham Crown Court Credit: ITV News Central

Adam Kightley, 24, and Jacqueline Parker, 21, are charged with murdering Jamie Kightley, who died in hospital in March last year.

They also face a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child. Both deny the charges against them.

The trial at Nottingham Crown Court is expected to last up to four weeks.

Two charged over baby boy's murder

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman have been charged with the murder of a baby boy in Northampton.

Jamie Kightley, was just seven-weeks-old, died in March last year. The exact cause of his death has not yet been released.

A 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman are both due to appear at Northampton Magistrates' Court.

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