Man given life sentence for murder of ex-girlfriend

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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CCTV footage of Blakeley and Jayden on day of murder

CCTV footage of Ben Blakeley and his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson at two train stations on the day she was murdered was shown to the jury during his trial.

Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley at Oxford train station. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Jayden was caught on CCTV at Oxford station with Blakeley at 4.06pm on 3 December.

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

Jayden Parkinson and Ben Blakeley (circled in red) arriving at Didcot train station. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

She was reported missing shortly after midnight.


Man showed no emotion after guilty verdict delivered

A 22-year-old man who was found guilty of the murder of his 17-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend showed no emotion when the verdict was delivered.

Undated handout picture of Ben Blakeley. Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Ben Blakeley, who strangled and later buried Jayden Parkinson in a grave at a cemetery, walked to the cells and slammed the door of the dock behind him while his ex-girlfriend's family loudly sobbed.

Judge Patrick Eccles QC told the jury to return tomorrow to continue to consider the case against Jake Blakeley.

He also said Ben Blakeley would be sentenced tomorrow.

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