Court appearance over Jayden death

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First published in News

The man responsible for the death of Jayden Parkinson is due to appear in Oxford Crown Court today.

Ben Blakeley has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murdering the 17-year-old, whose body was found buried in a grave in a Didcot cemetery.

The 22-year-old, of Christchurch Road in Reading, admitted perverting the course of justice by disposing of Jayden’s body and clothes after the killing, which took place in December last year.

A 17-year-old Didcot boy, who cannot be named, has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice and will also appear in court today. Their trial is due to last two weeks and will begin on June 16 this year.

Both defendants are in custody.

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