A 22-year-old who has admitted killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend has told a court he did not confess at first because he was “too ashamed”.
Ben Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court he had buried 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson’s body first in a field and then moved her remains to his uncle’s grave.
The accused said he thought his teenage ex-girlfriend was “joking” when she fell to the ground as he strangled her in countryside near Didcot, Oxfordshire in December last year.
The former dustman, who admits the manslaughter of Jayden but denies murdering her, said he then moved the teenager’s body under a tree and covered it with a branch before he left for home.
He told the court he went back to the scene later with a youth – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – and dug a hole under the tree where the two of them buried Jayden’s remains.
Blakeley said he had told his companion they were burying weapons, not a body.
After hiding the girl’s body, Blakeley said he had returned alone days later to dig up her remains and take them to a local churchyard where he and his friend had dug into the grave of his uncle, Alan Kennedy.
Asked why he did that, Blakeley replied: “I couldn’t leave her there. I know it sounds sick and twisted. I don’t know why I f****** thought of it, somehow I thought it would f******…
“None of it seemed real, none of it seemed real. The whole f****** thing didn’t seem real.
“I know it seems sick and twisted but I thought it would makes thing better. I don’t know what I was thinking. I was f***** up.”
Blakeley added: “I didn’t want her in a f****** field, I couldn’t handle it.”
Richard Benson QC, defending Blakeley, asked him: “What sort of place did you want her to be finally laid to rest?”
Blakeley replied: “A proper place.”
Mr Benson asked: “Why your uncle’s grave?”
He replied: “I don’t know.”
Blakeley at one stage broke down in tears and covered his face with his hands.
“I can’t explain it. You can’t imagine what it’s like.
Blakeley was questioned by police in the days after Jayden’s death but did not confess to what he had done.
When asked why he had not, he replied: “I was too ashamed of what I had done.”
Jayden was last seen alive with Blakeley on the afternoon of December 3 last year.