JURORS have this morning retraced the route Ben Blakeley said he took with Jayden Parkinson on December 3, the night she died.
Meeting at Mowbray Road in Didcot at 11am, members of the jury - accompanied by judge Patrick Eccles and prosecution and defence - walked for an hour through fields to the wooden footbridge where Blakeley told the court he put his hands around 17-year-old Jayden's neck.
Blakeley, 22, of Reading, claims Jayden then fell off the bridge into a ditch.
Prosecutor Richard Latham told jurors: "We are not in a position to know how much water was in there.
"The police were in no way interested in the stream at that time."
Jayden’s body was discovered buried in the grave of Blakeley’s uncle Alan Kennedy in a cemetery next to All Saint’s Church in Didcot on December 18.
Blakeley denies muder but admits manslaughter.
He and a 17-year-old - who is too young to be named - both admit perverting the course of justice. The 17-year-old denies denying a lawful burial.
- 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:
12:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014
OXFORDSHIRE’S fire service has been praised following an independent peer review.
9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
THREE women who ran an ‘efficient and professional’ brothel in an upmarket Oxford street were sentenced yesterday.
8:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
A FRAUDSTER who used a card skimming device at a cash machine to steal money from a woman’s bank account has been jailed.
1:17pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014
REG Hayes, Britain's longest serving Scout has died.
11:04am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
A WOMAN accused of stabbing a man on an Abingdon tow path has appeared in Oxford Crown Court.
9:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Academic staff at Oxford University and Ruskin College have voted for industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.