A DEFENCE barrister has said Ben Blakeley did not intend to kill his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson.
Delivering his closing speech this afternoon, Richard Benson, QC, told a jury in Oxford Crown Court they must "distinguish between vengeance and justice".
His client admits manslaughter and perverting the course of justice but denies murdering Jayden on December 3 last year.
Mr Benson said: “Jayden didn't deserve to die. Nobody wanted her to die. The last person who wanted her to die was this young man Ben Blakeley.
“He accepted that he regretfully, unlawfully put his hands round her neck to interrogate her and he did so with enough pressure to kill her.
“But he didn't intend to do that.”
Ben Blakeley’s 17-year-old brother Jake admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.
The trial continues.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories:
- Oxford United send match tickets to fans caught up in season ticket delay
- Five things you need to know in Oxfordshire today
- Management consultants Newton Europe named Business of the Year at 2016 Oxfordshire Business Awards
- Eating Weetabix and brown rice could help prevent an early death say experts
- VIDEO: Kerry Reeves' mother bravely faces her 'beautiful' daughter's killers in emotional tribute
- Prisons' shake-up will be at heart of today's Queen's Speech