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Man buried girl in uncle's grave

By Rod Minchin

A man has admitted that after killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend he buried her body in a field before moving her remains to his uncle's grave, a court has heard.

Ben Blakeley (22) said he thought 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson was "joking" when her lifeless body fell to the ground as he strangled her in countryside near Didcot, Oxfordshire, in December last year.

The former binman admits the manslaughter of Jayden but denies murdering her.

Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court that after strangling the teenager, he moved her body to under a tree and covered it with a branch before going home.

He said he returned later to the scene with a youth – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – and dug a hole under the tree to bury Jayden's remains, but insisted he told the youth they were burying weapons.

After hiding Jayden's body, Blakeley told jurors he returned on his own days later to the field to dig up her remains and take them to the All Saints' churchyard in Didcot where he and the youth had dug into the grave of Alan Kennedy.

Asked why he did that, Blakeley replied: "I couldn't leave her there. I know it sounds sick and twisted. "None of it seemed real. The whole f****** thing didn't seem real."

The prosecution refused to accept Blakeley's plea and he has gone on trial alongside the boy. The youth and Blakeley have both also pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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