Killer ‘used younger brother as a tool to help him bury body’

Jake Blakeley

Jake Blakeley

First published in News

A TEENAGER who helped in the hiding of Jayden Parkinson’s body was just a “tool” used by his older brother, a jury heard yesterday.

During his closing speech, the barrister defending Jake Blakeley said the 17-year-old would never have knowingly played a role in burying Jayden.

Jake has admitted helping his brother Ben Blakeley dig two holes – one in a ditch near Upton and one in a Didcot cemetery – which were used to hide the teenager’s body.

But Martin Steen, defending, said his client had been described as a “lovely boy” who was friends with 17-year-old Jayden.

He told the jury: “If he had known he was helping to bury Jayden he would have run a mile.

“He liked her, she liked him, he wouldn’t have treated her in that way.

“Jake did try and help his brother, but he didn’t do it callously in the way that has been suggested. Please don’t condemn him for something he didn’t know about.”

The barrister added: “He was a tool of his brother, being used as a weapon.

“Ben wields him for the purposes he wants.”

Mr Steen quoted Ben’s cousin Faith Kennedy, saying Jake was “the sweetest person you will ever meet”, and Sarah Phasey, his friend’s mother, who said he was a “lovely boy”.

He also said the teenager was found to have a reading age of six.

He said: “The prosecution says that Jake is a determined liar. But he doesn’t have the intellect, he doesn’t have the ability to put on a performance in the way they suggest.

“Yes he’s done some stupid, some unwise, some unlawful things, but when it comes to it, he took police to the exact spot where he helped Ben dig a hole.”

He also quoted an interview Jake had with police after he was charged in which an officer suggested he had been living in Ben’s “shadow”.

Summing up Ben Blakeley’s case to the jury during the morning, Richard Benson QC said: “He did not think 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, formerly of Christ-church Road in Reading, admits manslaughter and perverting the course of justice, but denies murdering Jayden on December 3 last year. Jake, of Venners Water, Didcot, admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.

The trial continues.

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Six 'all clear' women told they have cancer after investigation into Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service assessments

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Thursday 18th December 2014

SIX women who were given the all clear after breast cancer screening have been told they have the disease following an investigation.

Oxford United's young guns relishing Manchester City clash

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 18th December 2014

OXFORD United’s rising stars will get a taste of the big time tonight as they attempt a giant-killing against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup (7).

Candlelight vigil in Oxford for victims of Peshawar massacre

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

FAMILIES gathered by candlelight at a vigil for youngsters and their teachers targeted in a Taliban terrorist attack.

Work on Banbury Road footpaths to take place

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

Resurfacing of the footpaths alongside Banbury Road is set to take place this week after a gas leak.

Bail in Bullfinch arrest

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

A man arrested as part of Operation Bullfinch has been bailed.

Amnesty leads to 85 guns being handed in at Oxfordshire police stations

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Thursday 18th December 2014

Eighty-five guns were handed in to police stations across the county during a two-week surrender.

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