A VIOLENT and controlling man has been found guilty of murdering former Pendle schoolgirl Jayden Parkinson.
Ben Blakeley, 22, killed his 17-year-old pregnant ex-girlfriend in the countryside on December 3 last year — 24 hours after she had told him she was expecting his child.
After strangling the teenager Blakeley buried her body in his uncle’s grave at a cemetery in Didcot, Oxfordshire.
The former binman was obsessive and controlling, and after their split he had threatened to post intimate naked videos and photographs of Jayden on Facebook — hoping that she would kill herself as a result.
A jury at Oxford Crown Court found Blakeley guilty of Jayden’s murder following a five-week trial by a majority of 11-1 after more then 20 hours of deliberations.
Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, had denied murdering Jayden — but had admitted her manslaughter and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
His younger brother Jake, of Venners Water, Didcot, has pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice but the jury continues to deliberate on a charge of preventing a lawful burial.
After the verdict, Blakeley showed no emotion, merely walking to the cells and slamming the door of the dock behind him while Jayden’s family sobbed loudly.
Judge Patrick Eccles QC told the jury to return today to continue to consider the case against Jake Blakeley. He also said Ben Blakeley would be sentenced today.
Jayden’s family did not wish to comment as they left Oxford Crown Court. Detective Superintendent Chris Ward, of Thames Valley Police, said they were ‘extremely pleased’ with the guilty verdict.
“They are extremely pleased. This is the start for them to get closure,” he said.
Jayden’s father Paul, who lived in Manchester Road, Nelson, suffered a fatal heart attack just days before the start of the trial.
Jayden spent around a year living with her dad in Pendle, and during that time attended Primet High School, in Colne.
She moved to Oxfordshire to live with her mother after her parents split up.