Boyfriend guilty of murdering pregnant Jayden Parkinson

Murder victim Jayden Parkinson

Murder victim Jayden Parkinson

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BEN Blakeley has been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

There were emotional scenes in Oxford Crown Court this afternoon after the jury of six men and six women returned its verdict, by a majority of 11-1.

During a three-week trial the jury heard evidence about Ben Blakeley's controlling, abusive and violent relationship with his ex girlfriend, in which he allegedly punched, slapped and throttled her.

Jayden's father Paul Parkinson was a pupil at the former Breightmet High School.

Staff at the One Foot Forward hostel where she lived reported the teenager calling her former partner, telling him she was pregnant with his child and arranging to meet him, all on the day before she died.

Blakeley had admitted killing Jayden but denied murdering her on a on a footbridge in open countryside near Upton, south of Didcot, on December 3 last year.

The jury has now found that he intended the teenager to die or suffer really serious injury during the incident, which left her with bruises on her face and neck.

The jury, on their fifth day of deliberations, has not yet returned a verdict on the charge against his brother Jake, 17, of preventing Jayden's unlawful burial.

She was found in the grave of the pair's uncle in All Saints Church in Didcot on December 18.

A domestic homicide review and a serious case review will now be carried out, Oxfordshire County Council has said.

A statement from the council reads: "This was clearly a very tragic case and the sympathies of all agencies are with Jayden’s family and friends.

"Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) and representatives from the Oxford City and South Oxfordshire & Vale Community Safety Partnerships are combining a Domestic Homicide Review and a Serious Case Review. In such cases such reviews would be required by law.

Whilst it is a jointly commissioned process the responsibility has been given to the OSCB to manage the process. The reviews have now started and will report in the New Year.

"Agencies would always act to implement any actions/recommendations stemming from such reviews.

"Jayden had been living with a relative elsewhere in England for some months before she became homeless in Autumn 2013.

"In November 2013 she accepted the offer of accommodation at One Foot Forward — a supported housing scheme for young people aged from 16-25 including those requiring accommodation under the Southwark ruling. The project, which is part-funded by the county council, is aimed at enabling young people to gain the support they need to move on to permanent accommodation.

"The Southwark Judgement, made by the Law Lords in 2009, is a piece of case law requiring councils to provide accommodation and support to homeless 16 and 17-year-olds.

"Although social services had earlier worked with Jayden, she was not a child in care."

The jury will resume its deliberations on Jake Blakeley tomorrow. Ben Blakeley will be sentenced tomorrow.

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