Jayden trial: Ben Blakeley starts to give evidence and says he didn't mean to kill his former girlfriend

Jayden trial: Ben Blakeley starts to give evidence and says he didn't mean to kill his former girlfriend

Jayden Parkinson

Ben Blakeley

First published in Jayden Parkinson trial

BEN Blakeley has started giving evidence in Oxford Crown Court and denied intending to kill Jayden Parkinson.

The 22-year-old was also asked by his barrister Richard Benson QC if he intended to cause his ex-girlfriend really serious injury and he replied "no".

Blakeley said: "No I didn't mean to hurt Jayden. I thought she was joking."

After this answer Mr Benson asked his client to tell the jury about what his life was like growing up.

Blakeley described often suffering physical abuse at the hands of his father - being tied up and left, beaten and grabbed by the throat - and how aged 11 he went to live in a children's home.

He also admitted being violent, obsessive and controlling towards his previous girlfriends and putting his hands around their throats "to let them know I wasn't f***ing around, I wasn't playing, that's it".

But Blakeley repeatedly denied intending to kill them or cause them really serious harm.

The 22-year-old also denied throwing his former girlfriend Kirsty Penford down the stairs when she was seven months pregnant and threatening to stab her in the stomach. He said the allegations were "total b*******s" and added that he "would never do that to a pregnant bird".

Blakeley said because of his paranoia growing up he slept with a knife under his pillow from when he was nine years old and regularly carried other weapons.

He told the jury he went to the doctor, because he can't even bear to be in a room with someone texting if he doesn't know who they're talking to.

Blakeley admits manslaughter and perverting the course of justice but denies murder.

He is on trial alongside a 17-year-old who admits perverting the course of justice but denies 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. Save the number in to your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed

Our top stories:

Oxford United buoyed by Roberts news

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Wednesday 26th November 2014

MICKEY Lewis backed James Roberts to come back stronger than ever after Oxford United were boosted by the news the striker’s hamstring injury was not serious.

Overturned lorry delays A420 traffic

Oxford Mail:

11:47am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A LORRY has turned on its side on a roundabout in Kingston Bagpuize, blocking traffic on the A420 and A415.

What's in our interactive front page to explore today?

Oxford Mail:

11:56am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Here's today's interactive front page - with links to all the featured stories but extra stories today...

Oxford train commuters delayed

Oxford Mail: oxford train station inside

9:10am Wednesday 26th November 2014

Trains going from London Paddington to Oxford were delayed yesterday by signalling problems at Ealing Broadway.

Bampton haulier in court on fly-tipping charge

Oxford Mail: Steve Radband

9:10am Wednesday 26th November 2014

A former Royal British Legion repatriation family liaison officer has appeared in court charged with fly tipping.

Westgate Shopping Centre's £400m expansion approved by city councillors

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 26th November 2014

THE £400m overhaul of the Westgate Shopping Centre was given final approval last night, clearing the way for work to begin in the new year.

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