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Jayden Accused 'Wanted To See Himself On TV'
The man accused of murdering pregnant teenager Jayden Parkinson told a prison nurse he was a "celebrity" and wanted to watch himself on the TV news, a court has heard.
Ben Blakeley made the comments to senior nurse Cally Brinsley while he was being held at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire.
Ms Brinsley told the 22-year-old's trial at Oxford Crown Court that Blakeley repeatedly asked for a television to be put in his cell.
"He wanted to see what was going on with the case and seeing himself on the television," she told the court.
"He was very jovial in his behaviour. He would answer a question from me and that if he provided the correct answer he would say 'Can I have a television now please?'
"He did shout down the corridor at me 'I'm a celebrity now, miss'."
During Ms Brinsley's evidence Blakeley jumped up from his seat in the dock and swore and shouted: "How can you say stuff like this?"
He then asked to leave the court and the trial continued in his absence.
Ms Brinsley was asked about Blakeley's demeanour when he made the comment about being a "celebrity". She replied: "Jovial ... he was laughing."
She told jurors staff were not allowed to discuss legal matters with prisoners, however during a review of Blakeley's health he told her about Ms Parkinson's death.
She said: "He did say to me 'I told them where the shovels were. I got really drunk. I didn't want it to happen. If I could take it back I would.'
"I told Ben to stop because I didn't want to hear what had happened and I was there as a nurse and I was there for his welfare.
"Ben said 'Can I have a television now?' as if he had given me some information and he wanted to have a reward. I told him that he couldn't."
Ms Parkinson, 17, was last seen alive with Blakeley on December 3 last year in Didcot, Oxfordshire. She had met Blakeley to discuss her pregnancy.
Blakeley, of Christchurch Road, Reading, in Berkshire, denies murdering Ms Parkinson but admits her manslaughter and attempting to pervert the course of justice over the disposal of her body.
The prosecution has refused to accept his manslaughter plea and he has gone on trial alongside a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The youth has also pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice but denies a charge of preventing a lawful burial because he says he did not know he was helping bury Jayden's body.
The trial continues.