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Jayden family: 'Our nightmare will never end'

Jayden Parkinson
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.”

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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.”

Man jailed for raping girl on Christmas Day

Jamie Williams
Jamie Williams raped a teenage girl on Christmas Day Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been jailed for raping a teenage girl on Christmas Day.

Jamie Williams, aged 20, of Chaffinch Walk, Oxford, phoned the victim, a 17-year-old girl, and demanded that she visit his home.

She attended and Williams raped her.

He sentenced to sentenced to five years and six months and was made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was given a restraining order for life against the victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Katy Barrow-Grint said: “We take all rape reports very seriously and this case shows that we will strive to bring all perpetrators to justice, no matter how long ago the offences took place.

“I commend the victim for coming forward and being willing to give evidence and the sentence today rightly reflects the seriousness of what happened.”

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Jayden killer jailed for life for her murder

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

Justice at last for children who died in arson attack

Khan family outside court
The Khan family outside Oxford Crown Court

The family of two children killed in an arson attack on their Oxford home have spoken for the first time.

Anum Khan, 8 and her brother Majid, 15, died after petrol was squirted through the letterbox of their family home and set alight.

In a statement released by police today, the family said: “Mr and Mrs Khan would first of all like to thank Allah for this day and the police force involved in the arrest of Fiaz Munshi.

The mother of the children added: “As a mother of these beautiful innocent children I have been waiting for sixteen years for this day and I have not been able to visit my son and daughter, Majid and Anum, since they were innocently taken away from me.

“Once justice has been done I have promised myself I will visit Majid and Anum for the first time. This is a very emotional time for everybody so we please ask kindly for some privacy.”

Fiaz Munshi has been jailed for 13 years for the manslaughter of Majid and Anum, who died in a revenge arson attack on their Magdalen Road home in 1997.

Munshi, who is thirty eight, denied a charge of murder but a jury at Oxford Crown Court found her guilty of manslaughter.

Fiaz Munshi travelled with seven others to Amjad Khan's house after he broke off their relationship. Five men were convicted as was Ms Munshi's sister Riaz who was also convicted of manslaughter.

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