LiveBlog: Jayden Parkinson trial

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  • Ben Blakeley, Jayden's former boyfriend, found guilty on Thursday of murdering her. The 22-year-old denied the charge but the jury, after 20 hours and 11 minutes convicted him on Thursday
  • He will be sentenced on Friday
  • His brother Jake, 17, denies preventing her lawful burial. The jury is still deliberating
  • Both admit perverting the course of justice
  • Friday is the sixth day the jury at Oxford Crown Court have been deliberating on their verdicts


  • Listen: Jayden's mother Samantha Shrewsbury and grandfather Eric Shrewsbury speak about the trains their family has faced and Ben Blakeley


Listen: Police reaction to Ben Blakeley 


They said they will never forgive the evil that was done to Jayden 


Jayden's grandfather had to take over from her mother Samantha Shrewsbury who was too upset to continue. 


In a statement read outside court Jayden's family said they had been given a life sentence and now it's time for Ben Blakeley to start his. 


Just to catch up on a couple of Judge Eccles' comments before he sentenced Blakeley:

Judge Eccles said the concealment of Jayden's body makes this a "serious and disturbing case" even compared to similar cases in the past.
He has said in his view Blakeley did not mean to kill Jayden, but cause her grievous bodily harm.


Someone shouted "see you in hell" at Blakeley as he was taken down to the cells


Ben Blakeley is given a minimum period of 20 years before he is eligible for release under his life sentence for the murder of Jayden Parkinson. He was given eight years concurrent to serve at the same time for perverting the course of justice.


Judge Eccles said Blakeley dominated Jayden's life, and assaulted her with punches, kicks, slaps and bites.
He told the defendant he strangled her to death in a "jealous rage".
The "emotional and physical abuse" he inflicted on Jayden is an aggravating factor, Judge Eccles said.
He told Blakeley he must have a "heart of stone" to do what he did to Jayden's body after he killed her.
Judge Eccles said Blakekey's decision to bury her in a graveyard was "twisted" and showed "no hint of remorse".
He told Blakeley Jayden's father must have been traumatised by what he did to his daughter before he sadly died.
Jake Blakeley's life has been ruined by the actions of his older brother, Judge Eccles said, and he bears responsibility for involving him.


He said he will now give the factors which will determine the minimum term of his sentence.


Judge Eccles is back and has told Ben Blakeley there is only one sentence for his crime: life imprisonment


The judge has gone out of court to consider his sentence. He'll be back shortly


The barrister said Jayden lost her life because of Blakeley's "resentment and suspicion" of his ex girlfriend possibly sleeping with someone else.


He told Judge Patrick Eccles there was "no premeditation" to the murder, which provoked murmurs of disagreement from Jayden's family.


Mr Benson said that Blakeley wrote to the vicar of All Saint's Church to apologise for burying Jayden in the nearby cemetery.


Richard Benson QC said the defence does not accept that Jayden was pregnant or that the possibility she was should be taken into account.


Jayden's sister Sharday George said in a statement that Blakeley had "torn my family and the community apart".


Prosecutor Matthew Walsh said aggravating factors are that Jayden was "particularly vulnerable" and possibly pregnant.


In a statement read out in court Jayden's mother Samantha Shrewsbury she said Jayden was not just her daughter, but also her best friend, and she cannot stop picturing the "evil" that was done to her by Ben Blakeley.


Ben Blakeley has 15 previous convictions for 23 offences, includling for violence and drugs offences


Sentence is about to be passed on Ben Blakeley but he has just walked out the dock



While we wait for Court 1 to reassemble for the sentencing of Ben Blakeley, here is the story of the jury failing to reach a verdict on his bother Jake


Ben Blakeley will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court this afternoon 


His brother Ben Blakeley was convicted of the 17-year-old's murder yesterday and is due to be sentenced this afternoon. 


If there is no retrial then Jake Blakeley will be sentenced on August 22


The Crown Prosecution Service will now have seven days to consider if it will seek a retrial in the case of Jake Blakeley 


It has been unable to reach a verdict on the charge of preventing a lawful burial 


The jury has been discharged in the case of Jake Blakeley


The jury has re-assembled in the Blakeley trial 


The jury has been sent out for the sixth day to continue considering its verdict on Jake Blakeley. 


Good morning.

Our blog will continue running today to cover the sentencing of Ben Blakeley and the ongoing deliberations by the jury over whether Jake Blakeley prevented a lawful burial.

Today's print edition of the Oxford Mail has five pages of coverage, looking at Blakeley's background and that of the case against him.


  • Listen: Police talk about the search for Jayden


  • Listen: Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Murray speaks about the murder investigation



  • Listen: Det Supt Chris Ward, the head of major crime at Thames Valley Police, gives his and the family reaction to the murder conviction




Det Supt Chris Ward has just spoken outside court. he said he hoped this verdict will bring closure to the family of Jayden Parkinson


Jayden's family have left the court


The head of the police's major crime unit is going to give a statement shortly.



A domesitci 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 their deliberations on Jake Blakeley tomorrow


No verdict yet on Jake Blakeley. Ben Blakeley will be sentenced tomorrow


Verdict: Ben Blakeley is guilty of murder. An 11-1 majority verdict


It is unclear if there are any verdicts or Judge Eccles is going to send them home for another night


Court 1 has reassembled and waiting for the jury


The jury are still deciding. Judge Eccles has said he will not take any verdicts until 2pm at the earliest.


Court 1 is now going to be used for another, unconnected, trial whilst the jury carry on with their deliberations


The jury have come back into court and been told by Judge Patrick Eccles they no longer need to give unanimous verdicts upon which they all agree. They can return verdicts upon which at least 10 of them agree.

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