Man accused of murdering 17-year-old girl 'joked about being a celebrity and wanted to see himself on TV'

Jayden Parkinson

Jayden Parkinson's late father Paul

Police search a grave at All Saints Church

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A MAN accused of murder told a prison nurse he was now “a celebrity” and wanted to watch himself on television, a court heard.

Ben Blakeley, aged 22, was “laughing and jovial” when he allegedly made the comment about the murder of 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson while being held at HMP Bullingdon, Oxfordshire.

Jayden’s late father Paul Parkinson was a former Breightmet High School pupil.

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, also wrote a letter confessing to killing Jayden and said he “deserved 30 years” for what he had done, the trial at Oxford Crown Court was told.

The former bin man is accused of murdering Jayden a day after she told him she was pregnant with his child.

The teenager was last seen alive with Blakeley on the afternoon of December 3 last year in Didcot, Oxfordshire, having met him to discuss her pregnancy.

Blakeley, who denies murder but admits manslaughter, dumped Jayden's body in the grave of his uncle at All Saints' graveyard in Didcot a week after killing her.

Cally Brinsley, a senior nurse in HMP Bullingdon's health unit, told the court Blakeley had repeatedly asked for a television in his cell and believed that if he gave her information about Jayden's murder he would get a TV.

Blakeley also admits attempting to pervert the course of justice over the disposal of her body.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has also admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice but denies a charge of preventing a lawful burial because he says he did not know he was helping bury Jayden’s body. The case continues.

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