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Jury to resume their deliberations in Jayden trial

Jayden Parkinson Credit: ITV Meridian

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson, is due to resume its deliberations today.

The 17-year old was found in a grave near her Didcot home last December.

Ben Blakely, who is 22 and from Reading admits killing her but denies her murder.

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Jayden trial: Jury resumes deliberations

Jayden Parkinson Credit: ITV Meridian

A jury is continuing its deliberations in the trial of a man accused of the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Judge Patrick Eccles QC has old the panel of six men and six women that they must carefully assess the evidence against Ben Blakeley, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Jake before returning verdicts.

Ben Blakeley is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson in the countryside on December 3 last year - 24 hours after she had told him she was expecting his child.

The former binman, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, admitsmanslaughter and perverting the course of justice but denies her murder.

Jake, of Venners Water, Didcot, Oxfordshire, who was identified for the first time on Monday after the judge lifted a court order, also admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.

Oxford Crown Court has heard how, after strangling the teenager, Blakeley enlisted the help of his younger brother to bury her body in their uncle's grave at a cemetery in Didcot.

Summing up the case after three weeks of evidence, Judge Eccles told the jury of six men and six women they had to assess the evidence from each witness and decide whether they felt it was a truthful and reliable account.

Judge sums up in Jayden murder trial

Jayden Parkinson Credit: Thames Valley Police

A jury has been told to "put out of their minds" any sympathy or compassion they have for a teenage girl who died at the hands of her ex-boyfriend in Oxfordshire.

Judge Patrick Eccles QC told the panel of six men and six women that they must carefully assess the evidence against Ben Blakeley, 22, and his 17-year-old brother Jake before returning verdicts.

Ben Blakeley is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson in the countryside on December 3 last year - 24 hours after she had told him she was expecting his child.

The former binman, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, admitsmanslaughter and perverting the course of justice but denies her murder.

Jake, of Venners Water, Didcot, Oxfordshire, who was identified for the first time on Monday after the judge lifted a court order, also admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.

Oxford Crown Court has heard how, after strangling the teenager, Blakeley enlisted the help of his younger brother to bury her body in their uncle's grave at a cemetery in Didcot.

Summing up the case after three weeks of evidence, Judge Eccles told the jury of six men and six women they had to assess the evidence from each witness and decide whether they felt it was a truthful and reliable account.

Man admits manslaughter but denies murder

Mr Latham said it was not disputed that Jayden died at the hands of Blakeley on December 3 - as he admits her manslaughter - but was denying her murder.

"Ben Blakeley and Jayden had been in a relationship for some time before her death," Mr Latham said.

"On any view it was difficult. We allege he was controlling, to an obsessive and excessive degree.

"He was violent and abusive to her and controlling and hitting her.

"The relationship seems to have come to an end around November 23 last year - so very shortly before her death."

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Man accused of murdering pregnant ex-girlfriend

Jayden Parkinson Credit: ITV Meridian

A man murdered his teenage ex-girlfriend after finding out she was pregnant with his child, a court heard today.

Ben Blakeley, 22, killed 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson in countryside south of Didcot, Oxfordshire, on December 3 last year, Oxford Crown Court heard.

Blakeley was accused of being obsessive and controlling and regularly beat Jayden.

Her body was found in an established grave at All Saints' churchyard in Didcot, Oxfordshire, on December 18 last year, after she was last seen alive on December 3.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, told the jury of five men and seven women that Jayden had been living at the One Foot Forward hostel in Oxford when she disappeared.

She was captured on CCTV leaving the hostel - where she had been a resident for four weeks - at 3.31pm on December 3.

Mr Latham said that at 4.06pm Jayden was caught on CCTV at Oxford railway station with Blakeley.

At 4.27pm a security camera recorded the last known sighting of Jayden as she arrived at Didcot railway station with her ex-boyfriend.

Shortly after midnight, staff at One Foot Forward reported Jayden missing after she failed to return.

Mr Latham said: "The prosecution case is that Jayden was killed by Ben Blakeley that same evening in open countryside south of Didcot - there is no dispute between prosecution and defence.

"We cannot be precise about location for this simple reason - unlike most killings the body was moved from where the offence occurred.

"There is only one person alive who knows the truth and we would invite you to be very sceptical about what he says or has said."

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, has denied murdering the teenager but has admitted killing her and disposing of her body.

But the prosecution refused to accept his plea and he has now gone on trial alongside a 17-year-old boy.

The youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, pleaded guilty this morning to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

But he denied a charge of preventing a lawful burial between December 2 and December 10 last year.

Trial due to start of man accused of killing Didcot teen

Jayden's body was found in a disturbed grave in December Credit: Thames Valley Police

The trial is due to begin today of a man accused of killing a Didcot teenager.

Jayden Parkinson was found dead in a disturbed grave in December. Her boyfriend, Ben Blakely, who is 23-years-old is accused of her murder.

A 17-year-old boy is accused of perverting the course of justice.

Arrest following Jayden court hearing

Arrest made following court hearing in Jayden Parkinson murder investigation Credit: Thames Valley Police

An arrest has been made following a Plea and Case Management Hearing in connection with the Jayden Parkinson murder investigation.

The hearing was held at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.

During the hearing alleged threats were made against someone in the public gallery at court.

Following the hearing, a further alleged public order offence in connection with the earlier incident at court occurred in Craven Way, Didcot, later that evening.

Today a 23-year-old man from Didcot has been arrested on suspicion of committing a public order offence.

The 23-year-old man is currently in police custody.

Response to disappearance of Jayden Parkinson to be investigated by police watchdog

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the response of Thames Valley Police to a missing person’s report and their subsequent actions following the disappearance of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

Miss Parkinson was reported missing in the early hours of 4 December 2013. Her body was discovered on Thursday 19 December. A 22-year-old man has been charged with her murder and has been remanded in custody.

Thames Valley Police referred the matter to the IPCC on 14 December 2013 and an independent investigation began.

Our investigation is examining the response of Thames Valley Police to the missing person’s report, and whether the individual and collective decisions made by police officers or staff and the related actions were appropriate and proportionate in the circumstances. I am mindful that a murder investigation is continuing and therefore we must be cautious about the information we make public so as not to interfere with the ongoing criminal proceedings.”

– IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori
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