Jayden killer told prison staff he was 'now a celebrity', murder trial told

Jayden killer told prison staff he was 'now a celebrity', murder trial told

Jayden Parkinson

Ben Blakeley

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter. Call me on (01865) 425373

BEN Blakeley told a prison nurse “I’m a celebrity now” and wanted to watch himself on TV after he was arrested, a jury has heard.

Yesterday, staff from Bullingdon Prison gave evidence about what Jayden Parkinson’s killer said while the search for her was ongoing.

The head of the outpatient department at the prison near Bicester, Cally Brinsley, said the 22-year-old repeatedly brought up Jayden’s death, telling her he “never meant this to happen”.

But she added after saying this Blakeley seemed to want a reward for giving her information and asked: “Can I have a TV now?”

The witness said: “He wanted to watch himself on the news and see what was going on. He was very jovial in his behaviour.

“He would answer a question from me and that if he provided the correct answer he would say ‘can I have a TV now please?’ “That was all he spoke about.”

She also said he told her: “I’m a celebrity now, Miss.”

After this Blakeley shouted “that’s a lie, that’s a lie” and refused to stay in the dock in Oxford Crown Court.

Describing his reaction to learning that Jayden’s body had been found Ms Brinsley added: "He was in quite an excited state, as if he was expecting exciting news, and then he asked about the TV again - that was his main priority."

She said Blakeley had been issued with a bible in Bullingdon and wrote inside the back cover: "RIP baby. I will miss you always. I am sorry xxx. I am sorry, sorry."

Ms Brinsley said there was a heart drawn on the page with the letters "J" and "B" inside.

Also found in the bible was a newspaper cutting with the headline: "Jayden mother's nightmare."

In the afternoon the jury was played a police interview with Blakeley on December 4 - the day after he killed Jayden - following his arrest on suspicion of taking indecent images of her.

Asked how often he saw her he said: “I speak to her now and then. I try and see her as little as possible because she does drama like this.”

And questioned about whether the couple were on good terms he told police: “Yes we are on good terms.”

Blakeley admits manslaughter but denies murdering Jayden on December 3 last year after she told him she was pregnant with his child.

Both he and a 17-year-old have both pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by burying Jayden's body in an existing grave in a cemetery next to All Saint's Church, Dicot, on December 18.

The 17-year-old denies one count of preventing a lawful burial.

The trial continues.

• 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:

Rape cases rise in Oxfordshire by two-thirds

Oxford Mail: Police line do not cross with police car in background

8:30am Tuesday 21st April 2015

THE NUMBER of rapes across the county has gone up by more than 66 per cent and sex offences have increased by 35 per cent in the last year.

Woman to appear in court today accused of murdering Kyle Byfield

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:50am Tuesday 21st April 2015

A woman from Banbury who has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old Kyle Byfield will appear in Oxford Crown Court today.

Community and political stalwart Val Smith being cared for in hospice

Oxford Mail: Board member for customer services Val Smith

8:00am Tuesday 21st April 2015

FORMER Blackbird Leys councillor Val Smith is being cared for in Sobell House Hospice after a long battle with cancer.

Signalling problems between Oxford and Charlbury to last all of Tuesday

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:51am Tuesday 21st April 2015

Signalling problems that caused delays and cancellations between Oxford and Charlbury yesterday are set to last all of today.

Randolph Hotel: The show must go on for neighbouring Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Tuesday 21st April 2015

WHILE a fire raged at the Randolph Hotel on Friday, next door at the Oxford Playhouse it was a case of “the show must go on”.

Randolph Hotel: Former Maitre D’ left shocked by damage

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Tuesday 21st April 2015

FORMER Randolph Hotel Maitre D’ Giuseppe Vurchio said he was shocked by Friday’s devastating blaze.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

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