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

12:15pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

By Joe Nimmo

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.

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Oxford Mail:

9:12pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THREE people were arrested after a brawl on Cowley Road.

Oxford vigil in support of Gaza scholar

Oxford Mail:

5:40pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A vigil has now started for an Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholar in intensive care after losing five members of his family in an Israeli bombardment.

50 glorious years of a fine village institution

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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Listen: Fiaz Munshi guilty of manslaughter over Magdalen Road arson as police apologise for blunder + Audio

Oxford Mail:

2:52pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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She was loved by so many: huge turn-out for the funeral of Liberty Baker

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 300 friends and relatives turned out yesterday to pay their final respects to Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker.

Exhibition unravels the story of boy king’s tomb

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

HIDDEN under the sand for centuries, this little statue will come face-to-face with thousands of visitors in Oxford.

Community association given stay of execution

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A COMMUNITY group was celebrating yesterday after being told it could stay at its base for the immediate future.

Inspectors praise police, but officer morale ‘low’

Oxford Mail: police officer rear

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

INSPECTORS have praised Thames Valley Police for making savings while increasing the number of officers and staff in frontline roles.

Operation clean-up on estate hit by mini whirlwind

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CLEAN-up operation was under way yesterday to remove the damage caused by a whirlwind over the weekend.

Inspectors praise police, but officer morale ‘low’

Oxford Mail: police officer rear

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

INSPECTORS have praised Thames Valley Police for making savings while increasing the number of officers and staff in frontline roles.

Firefighters continue to tackle barn blaze near Thame

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7:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

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Downton’s church set

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7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ITV drama Downton Abbey came to Charlbury's St Mary’s Church yesterday.

Murder jury retires

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The jury in the trial of Fiaz Munshi has begun its deliberations.

Disgust as puppies abandoned in box

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Two puppies, one of which was dead, were found abandoned in a cardboard box in Wallingford yesterday..

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