Jayden trial: Pathologist says injuries not consistent with defence claim about possible cause of death

Jayden Parkinson

Jayden Parkinson

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

A PATHOLOGIST today said Jayden Parkinson's injuries were not consistent with dying from a quick grip on her neck then stopping her heart.

Defence barrister Richard Benson QC suggested at Oxford Crown Court to forensic pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar the 17-year-old may have died from vagal inhibition - where pressure on the vagus nerve in the neck can stop a person’s heart.

Dr Kolar has been giving evidence at Oxford Crown Court today after carrying out the teenager’s post-mortem examination.

Jayden's former boyfriend Ben Blakeley has admitted manslaughter but denied murdering the teenager last December.

Mr Benson said: “It has not been disputed that the accused took Jayden by the neck.

“In the absence of there being significant trauma to the neck young Jayden could have expired very, very quickly.

“It could have been a matter of just a few seconds that she was being gripped.”

But Dr Kolar said cases of vagal inhibition there are usually no injuries whatsoever, but Jayden had bruises on her face and head, as well as eight areas of bleeding within her neck.

Dr Kolar said: “We have no reliable data on how long it takes to cause death from pressure to the throat. We simply do not know.

“These are not trivial injuries to the neck, this is a relatively severe set of injuries.”

Jayden's body was found buried in a grave in a church in Didcot last December.

Blakeley also admits perverting the course of justice.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named, also admits perverting the course of justice but denies one count of 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

Our top stories:

Traffic managed for Oxford uni open day

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015

THOUSANDS of prospective Oxford University students arrived in the city yesterday for the first of two open days but major traffic snarl-ups were avoided.

Housing boss ‘totally against’ expanded Right to Buy policy

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE number of affordable homes in Oxfordshire provided by housing associations for people on low incomes will shrink as a result of the Right to Buy policy, according to a major industry figure in the county.

Tackling self-harm prioritised as hospitalisation figure rises

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE number of young people self-harming in the county has risen by more than 100 in a year.

Police station and magistrates' court to be demolished for retirement apartments

Oxford Mail:

9:21pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE Mayor of Wantage tonight said he was "amazed" after a controversial retirement apartments scheme for the town was approved.

Crash between car and motorcycle on the A420

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

5:34pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

A MAN was taken to hospital after a crash between a car and a motorcycle this morning.

Services cancelled between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill due to broken down train

Oxford Mail:

5:24pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Trains have been cancelled on First Great Western services between Oxford and Worcester Shrub Hill due to a broken down train.

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