Blakeley lied about Jayden because 'no one would believe him', court told

Blakeley lied about Jayden because 'no one would believe him', court told

Blakeley lied about Jayden because 'no one would believe him', court told

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

BEN Blakeley lied to the police about his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts because he feared no one would believe him, a jury has heard.

This morning the 22-year-old's defence barrister Richard Benson QC finished delivering his closing speech to the jury in Oxford Crown Court.

Ben Blakeley, formerly of Christchurch Road, Reading, admits manslaughter and perverting the course of justice, but denies murdering Jayden Parkinson on December 3 last year.

During three police interviews made in the days after the 17-year-old went missing the defendant repeatedly denies knowing what had happened to her.

Mr Benson told the jury: "Of course he (lied), he's not a sophisticated lad, he brought himself up, he's a street kid.

"And his knee jerk reaction when confronted with police officers is to lie to them.

"You have seen Ben Blakeley at his worst - swearing at the police officers, challenging them.

"He did not believe or think that anybody would believe his account of what happened.

"He was alone with her. He is the only person alive who knows the whole story.

"And who is going to believe that when they have heard from his previous girlfriends and heard about his violence."

Ben's brother Jake Blakeley, 17, of Venners Water, Didcot, admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.

The trial continues.

  • Our top stories:

Harcourt Arboretum closes after gusts of more than 40mph forecast

Oxford Mail:

2:49pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

HARCOURT Arboretum should be open tomorrow after closing today because of strong winds.

Missing 15-year-old Elizabeth Skevington could be in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

2:24pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

A GIRL missing from Milton Keynes could be in the Oxford area, police said.

Land Rover stolen from Witney spotted heading towards Swindon

Oxford Mail:

11:14am Tuesday 5th May 2015

POLICE have released images of a stolen Land Rover almost two months after it was taken.

UPDATE: Arson suspected after fire at the Kassam Stadium as club confirm no serious damage caused

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

12:16am Tuesday 5th May 2015

A FIRE at the Kassam Stadium is being treated by police as suspected arson.  

Michael Appleton optimistic Oxford United's form can be transferred to next season

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

Michael Appleton is confident Oxford United’s strong form at the end of the season can be translated into prolonged success across the whole of the next campaign.

Counting the costs of welfare reforms

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

Stephanie Ballard

Celebrity chef Sophie stirs it up at fleece festival

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 5th May 2015

CELEBRITY chefs and local food fans came to Witney yesterday to celebrate sheep. To mark its 60th anniversary, the Witney Rotary Club hosted the Festival of Fleece at Cogges Manor Farm.

Couple decide to call time on sterling careers in fire service

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 5th May 2015

TOGETHER they notched up nearly 40 years at Oxfordshire’s Fire & Rescue Service.

Teenager heartbroken after rare car is stolen and then burnt out

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

A TEENAGER has been left “inconsolable” after his limited-edition car was stolen and set alight.

Tucking into food that is streets ahead

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

FOODIES flocked to Oxford’s Castle Quarter to sample the best of British street food over the bank holiday weekend.

Former student vows to fight for college courses

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

A MOTHER who was given a second chance in education has vowed to save the English department that helped turn her life around.

Flood-hit landlord continuing to fight for his compensation

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 5th May 2015

A LANDLORD whose Cowley house was struck by a flood more than six months ago has said he is still waiting for compensation.

Council ‘cannot afford’ to fix parking chaos at leisure centre

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 5th May 2015

PARKING problems in Blackbird Leys could be solved with double yellow lines but there is not enough money to pay for them, say councillors.

Oxford United stalwart Andy Whing hints at retirement

Oxford Mail:

11:50am Monday 4th May 2015

Andy Whing is contemplating hanging up his boots this summer, but the popular midfielder is in talks about staying at Oxford United in another role.

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