Jayden trial: Teenager became isolated due to ex-boyfriend's influence, key worker tells jury

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson Jayden Parkinson

JAYDEN PARKINSON'S key worker this afternoon told a jury at Oxford Crown Court the teenager became isolated because what she saw as murder accused Ben Blakeley's 'crontrolling' behaviour.

Hannah Ryan was the first witness to give evdience at the trial at Oxford Crown Court over the death of Jayden.

The 17-year-old's body was discovered in the grave of Blakeley's uncle Alan Kennedy on December 18 last year.

Blakeley, 22, denies murder but admits manslaughter.

Ms Ryan, a staff member at the One Foot Forward hostel in iffley Road, Oxford, where Jayden was living, said the teenager never came out of her room.

She told the jury: "Jayden said over time she had lost all her friends, both male and female, and had been left with no friends.

"She said that Ben had been the cause of her falling out with all her friends."

And when the relationship ended on November 21 last year she said Jayden's mood completely changed.

The witness said:  "She was just really happy, playing around with the others and having fun."

Blakeley, of Christchurch Road in Reading, has admitted perverting the course of justice, as has a 17-year-old fellow defendant who cannot be named because of his age.

The youth, however, denies preventing a lawful burial.

  • You can subscribe to get alerts on the Jayden trial direct to your phone via our new WhatsApp service. Text JAYDEN and your full name to 07767 417704

Our top stories:

Driverless cars may soon be coming to a road near you

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 31st July 2014

DESPITE its academic reputation, Oxford has a long history of car-making and next year this could be taken to a whole new level.

Academy sponsor hits back at charity’s claims of pupil failure

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

AN academy sponsor in the city has been judged to be “failing” to improve the prospects for disadvantaged children.

Bangladeshi boat race plans going swimmingly

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A Bangladeshi boat club is using its annual fundraising boat race to provide swimming lessons to youngsters in the Asian community.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: It's Rivers of gold for Dan

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Shooter Dan Rivers said it was an amazing feeling to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal at Glasgow 2014.

What is causing a bit of a stink - Nasty whiff hangs over city and county

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

ITS VILE smell has nauseated residents and baffled officials.

Molly’s the face of our city’s fight to find cure for cancer

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CANCER survivor Molly Crawford is today launching a new campaign to fund more scientific research in the city.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree