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Exclusive: one year on, Jayden's mother says she'll never forgive her daughter's killer

Jayden Parkinson's friends and family lit lanterns in her memory Credit: ITV Meridian

The mother of murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson says she still hasn't come to terms with how her daughter died - and she'll never forgive her killer. Samantha Shrewsbury has spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian - about how her life has been 'frozen in time' and why she doesn't feel justice hasn't been done. It has been a year since 17-year-old Jayden was last seen at Didcot Railway Station. The pregnant teenager's body was found two weeks later - in a graveyard. Last night, our reporter Asana Greenstreet joined Jayden's mother - and friends - at a special memorial to her.

Jayden's mother 'can't thank community enough'

The mother of a teenage girl who was killed by her former boyfriend has paid a special tribute to her daughter on the first anniversary of her death.

17-year-old Jayden Parkinson from Didcot in Oxfordshire was murdered by Ben Blakeley. He is now serving a life sentence.

Last night lanterns were released in Jayden's memory. Her mother Samantha, thanked those who went along:

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Lantern release to mark one year since Jayden's death

Jayden Parkinson's body was found buried in a shallow grave in Didcot Credit: ITV Meridian

It's one year to the day Jayden Parkinson was killed by her former boyfriend in Oxfordshire.

The seventeen year old's body was buried in a shallow grave in Didcot. Twenty two year old Ben Blakeley was found guilty of her murder - and is serving a life sentence.

Tonight Jayden's mother will release lanterns in her memory.

Jayden family: 'Our nightmare will never end'

Jayden Parkinson's family have given their reaction Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of Jayden Parkinson have issued the following statement after her killer was jailed for life for her murder.

“Finally justice has been done for our Jayden.

“First, we would like to record our enormous gratitude to the officers of Thames Valley Police, in particular members of the Major Crime Unit, whose professionalism and perseverance secured Ben Blakeley’s conviction.

“We would also like to thank all of the prosecution’s witnesses who gave evidence, in particular three of Ben Blakeley’s former girlfriends, who showed immense courage in attending court to speak of his sick and twisted mind.

“From the day that Jayden’s life was so cruelly taken, the kindness shown to us by the people of Didcot has been immeasurable.

"For this, we will always be thankful from the bottom of our hearts.

“Over the months we have also found strength in the messages of support from strangers around the country and indeed worldwide.

“We will never be able to find an ounce of forgiveness for the evil that murdered Jayden and then concealed her body in such a cold, calculated and callous manner.

“For us as a family, today is not the final chapter in this tragedy.

"But now we can at least begin the challenge of coming to terms with the heartbreak which we all feel, and the rebuilding of our lives.

“Despite today’s sentencing of Ben Blakeley, our nightmare will never end.

"We can never erase from our minds the pain that was inflicted on Jayden, nor can we erase the image of Jayden’s battered and bruised body.

"We will never be able to celebrate birthdays, Easter or Christmas with Jayden, and we will never get to see Jayden grow up, get married and have children - this is our life sentence, it’s now time for Ben Blakeley to start his.”

Jayden killer jailed for life: Police reaction

Speaking after the sentence, Det Ch Supt Chris Ward from Thames Valley Police Major Crime said: “Ben Blakeley has today been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty of the brutal murder of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson, on the 3rd December last year.

“Jayden was a teenager when she became involved in a relationship with Blakeley, who has proved to be a violent and dangerous liar.

"Ben mistreated Jayden, controlled her and often beat her which eventually resulted in her murder last year.

“Blakeley has never shown any remorse, nor has he cooperated with the police investigation.

"Instead, Ben chose to lie and has put Jayden’s family and friends through a harrowing trial, where they have been forced to listen to the details of his abuse of Jayden and other former girlfriends.

“Justice will now be served, as Ben faces a lengthy jail term.

“Of course, we respect the decision of the jury in respect of Jake Blakeley, who was charged with preventing a lawful burial.

"The Crown Prosecution will have seven days to decide whether to apply for a re-trial.

“I would like to thank all the police officers and staff who have worked on this complex case, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service, who the Force has worked with very closely.

“Finally, I would like to pay my respects to Jayden and to her family and friends, many of whom who have had to give evidence during this trial.

"I hope that today's conviction will allow them some closure and they can remember Jayden as the fun-loving young lady that she was.”

Jayden killer jailed for life for her murder

Ben Blakley has been sentenced to life imprisonment Credit: Thames Valley Police
Jayden Parkinson Credit: Thames Valley Police

Ben Blakeley, 22, has been jailed at Oxford Crown Court for life with minimum term of 20 years for the murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson, 17, who was strangled and later buried in a grave at a cemetery

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Ben Blakeley found guilty of Jayden's murder to be sentenced

The boyfriend of Jayden Parkinson, who was found guilty of her murder yesterday, will be sentenced at Oxford Crown court later today.

Ben Blakeley, who is 22-years-old and from Reading, killed Jayden in the Oxfordshire countryside in December 2013.

After strangling the 17-year-old, he buried her in his uncles grave in a cemetery in Didcot.

A jury at Oxford Crown Court yesterday found Blakeley guilty of Jayden's murder, following a five-week trial by a majority of 11-1 after more then 20 hours of deliberations.

Ben Blakeley was found guilty of the murder of Jayden Parkinson and will be sentenced today Credit: ITV Meridian
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