Murderer who killed a Pendle schoolgirl jailed for life

Murderer who killed a Pendle schoolgirl jailed for life

Murderer who killed a Pendle schoolgirl jailed for life

First published in Pendle Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

THE murderer of Pendle schoolgirl Jayden Parkinson - strangled while carrying his unborn child - must have had a ‘heart of stone’, a court heard.

Ben Blakeley, 22, is today beginning a life sentence after being convicted of causing the death of the 17-year-old former Colne Primet High student.

Former binman Blakeley, who dug up her body after the killing and reburied it in his uncle’s grave, was told he will serve at least 20 years.

Members of Jayden's family shouted 'See you in hell' as Blakeley was led to the cells at Oxford Crown Court.

Her body was discovered 15 days after she was last seen at an Oxfordshire railway station in his company - but Blakeley spun a ‘web of lies’ over her disappearance.

Trial judge Patrick Eccles QC said: “It required a heart of stone to keep up that pretence and a heart of stone to deal with her body in the way that you did.”

The judge also referred to the death of Jayden’s father Paul, from Nelson, who died just days before the murder trial, saying he must have been ‘haunted’ by what had happened to her.

A jury convicted Blakeley of Jayden’s murder on a majority decision after 21 hours of deliberations, and a five-week trial. He had admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

Judge Eccles said Blakeley was ‘unreasonably jealous’ of Jayden and had subjected her to ‘physical and emotional abuse’ during the relationship.

“You dominated and controlled her daily life,” the judge said.

Jurors heard that Jayden had broken off her relationship with Blakeley shortly before she was murdered. The pair only met when Jayden discovered she was pregnant.

But Blakeley had found out she had been with another young man and became infuriated.

She was killed on December 3 and her body concealed in a ditch. But six days later Blakeley removed her remains to a cemetery close to All Saints Church in Didcot.

Blakeley had a history of violent and controlling behaviour towards partners, including shoving a pregnant girlfriend down a flight of stairs.

* His brother, Jake Blakeley, 17, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by helping to dig the grave in which Jayden was later buried.

But the jury could not reach a decision on a futher charge of failing to prevent her lawful burial and prosecutors have been given a week to determine whether a retrial is necessary.

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10:25pm Sat 26 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

So tragic for this young girl with that great big smile on her face. She did not deserve to die like that" at the hands of one evil and depraved monster l wish l could spend 5 minutes in the same cell as him. We would not need to feed or clothe him ever again.
So tragic for this young girl with that great big smile on her face. She did not deserve to die like that" at the hands of one evil and depraved monster l wish l could spend 5 minutes in the same cell as him. We would not need to feed or clothe him ever again. noddy57
  • Score: 12

11:32pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Snowy-D says...

He should be put down evil scum, why waste the tax payers of the UK money on the upkeep of these sort of so called humans
He should be put down evil scum, why waste the tax payers of the UK money on the upkeep of these sort of so called humans Snowy-D
  • Score: 4

7:54am Sun 27 Jul 14

Excluded again says...

Blakeley had a history of violent behaviour towards his partners. How often do we read this is cases such as this?

We must all teach our daughters two things. Firstly, if you are abused by your partner just get out. They don't love you, they just want someone to abuse and control. Secondly, when you get out tell everyone. There is no shame in being abused - the shame is entirely with the abuser. And you can maybe stop other women getting into a relationship with the abuser.
Blakeley had a history of violent behaviour towards his partners. How often do we read this is cases such as this? We must all teach our daughters two things. Firstly, if you are abused by your partner just get out. They don't love you, they just want someone to abuse and control. Secondly, when you get out tell everyone. There is no shame in being abused - the shame is entirely with the abuser. And you can maybe stop other women getting into a relationship with the abuser. Excluded again
  • Score: 14

8:32am Sun 27 Jul 14

arrod baw says...

noddy57 wrote:
So tragic for this young girl with that great big smile on her face. She did not deserve to die like that" at the hands of one evil and depraved monster l wish l could spend 5 minutes in the same cell as him. We would not need to feed or clothe him ever again.
Well said.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: So tragic for this young girl with that great big smile on her face. She did not deserve to die like that" at the hands of one evil and depraved monster l wish l could spend 5 minutes in the same cell as him. We would not need to feed or clothe him ever again.[/p][/quote]Well said. arrod baw
  • Score: 4

11:12am Sun 27 Jul 14

robbojnn says...

SCUM enough said ..heart goes out to the young girls family....
hope he suffers inside
SCUM enough said ..heart goes out to the young girls family.... hope he suffers inside robbojnn
  • Score: 3

4:04pm Sun 27 Jul 14

bill66 says...

Terrible
Terrible bill66
  • Score: 0

1:26pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Excluded again says...

And so all credit to Natasha Curran in the story in today's LT.

First violent assault by her 'boyfriend' and she ends the relationship. Better still she goes to the police to report the assault. Now women in the Burnley and Padiham area know what they face if they enter a relationship with Ryan Simpson.

The more Natash Currans there are, the fewer Jayden Parkinsons there will be in the future.
And so all credit to Natasha Curran in the story in today's LT. First violent assault by her 'boyfriend' and she ends the relationship. Better still she goes to the police to report the assault. Now women in the Burnley and Padiham area know what they face if they enter a relationship with Ryan Simpson. The more Natash Currans there are, the fewer Jayden Parkinsons there will be in the future. Excluded again
  • Score: 2

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