Jayden trial: Blakeley pushed pregnant ex-girlfriend down stairs, jury told

Jayden trial: Blakeley pushed pregnant ex-girlfriend down stairs, jury told

Jayden trial: Blakeley pushed pregnant ex-girlfriend down stairs, jury told

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A JURY has heard evidence from Ben Blakeley's ex girlfriend who alleges he pushed her down the stairs when she was seven months pregnant.

Kirsty Penford has described suffering violence and abuse during her relationship with the 22-year-old, who is on trial for the murder of Jayden Parkinson, in 2007 when she was 16.

Giving evidence in Oxford Crown Court this morning she said Blakeley would punch and slap her, tell her she was ugly and hide her phone so she couldn't call her family.

Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, asked how often her boyfriend would angrily accuse her of being unfaithful to him.

She said: "All the time. Regularly, very regularly.

"He would grab me, he would corner me and be rude and disgusting about our unborn baby.
"He would tell me he would kill me. That he would kill my family."

Mr Latham asked: "How did that make you feel?"

She replied: "Very, very scared. And obviously really devastated that he felt like that towards me."

Jayden's body was found in the grave of the defendant's uncle, Alan Kennedy, in a cemetery next to All Saint's Church in Didcot on December 18 last year. 

The jury heard last week how Blakeley told a staff member when he was at an Oxford children’s home that he if he ever wanted to get rid of a body he would dump it in a family grave when he was just 13 or 14 years old.

Blakeley, who admits manslaughter, is on trial at Oxford Crown Court, accused of murdering Jayden on December 3 after it is said she told him she was pregnant with his child.

He has also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice along with a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who allegedly helped him bury his victim’s body and denies one count  of preventing a lawful burial.

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