A FORENSIC archeologist has said it would have taken "hours" to dig the hole in an existing grave in which Jayden Parkinson's body was found.
This morning Dr Karl Harrison told a jury in Oxford Crown Court that he was asked by Thames Valley Police to go to the cemetery next to All Saint's Church, Didcot, on December 18.
He said as he examined the grave of Ben Blakeley's uncle, Alan Kennedy, he started to reveal the missing 17-year-old's body buried at a depth of 38cm.
After removing all the recently-disturbed earth from the grave, which had been marked out with green twine and screws by whoever buried Jayden, Dr Harrison said the hole was 1.67m long and 0.65m deep.
He was asked by prosecutor Richard Latham QC how long it would have taken a single person working alone to remove the earth, which had a volume of half a cubic meter.
Dr Harrison replied: "It would take a significant investment of time.
"Anyone who has dug a hole in their back garden knows how long it takes.
"It was by no means easy digging.
"It would have taken a matter of hours, rather than minutes."
He also said two different types of digging were apparent from the hole, one which appeared to have used a small amount of force, and the other which was much more forceful.
Blakeley, who admits manslaughter, is on trial and denies murdering Jayden on December 3, after it is said she told him she was pregnant with his child.
He has also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice along with a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who allegedly helped him bury his victim’s body and denies one count of preventing a lawful burial.
As the discovery of Jayden's body was described in court the 17-year-old defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, left the dock in a distressed state. His barrister said he felt "unwell".
The trial continues.
11:04am Monday 3rd August 2015
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8:30am Monday 3rd August 2015
A LONG-SERVING taxi driver has become so exasperated with Oxford’s roads that he has quit and found a new job.
7:54am Monday 3rd August 2015
There are delays on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road due to a traffic light failure.
6:00am Monday 3rd August 2015
A DEVOTED fundraiser and Blackbird Leys resident of 50 years was among the first to tell her story on camera for a heritage project.
11:32am Sunday 2nd August 2015
PART of Oxford Castle Quarter is cordoned off after a man was attacked in the early hours of this morning.
11:17am Sunday 2nd August 2015
SUNLIGHT shining through the window of a house sparked a blaze in Sibford Gower.
11:10am Sunday 2nd August 2015
There are delays of up to 30 minutes on CrossCountry between Reading and Birmingham New Street due to a broken down train at Oxford.
8:30am Saturday 1st August 2015
DEVELOPERS wanting to transform Cowley’s Templars Square Shopping Centre said they hope their plans will spur more development in the area.
5:13pm Saturday 1st August 2015
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11:41am Saturday 1st August 2015
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9:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
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8:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
A WOMAN hit a row of taxis in Abingdon town centre yesterday after a “medical episode”.
7:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
A JUDGE spared a convicted drug dealer more time in jail for giving his friend £100,000 of drugs money to buy a house.
7:00am Saturday 1st August 2015
IT IS the last remnant from the intriguing wartime history of a scrapyard near Bicester.