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Jayden Parkinson's Killer Jailed For Life
A man who strangled his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death and buried her in his uncle's grave has been jailed for life.
Ben Blakeley will serve a minimum of 20 years for the murder of Jayden Parkinson on December 3 last year.
He killed the 17-year-old a day after she told him she was going to have his baby, later burying her body in a cemetery in Didcot, Oxfordshire.
Blakeley, who denied murder but admitted manslaughter, was found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday.
They reached a majority 11-1 verdict on the 22-year-old after more than 12 hours of deliberation.
Blakeley, a former dustman from Reading, Berkshire, was described in court as obsessive and controlling, having threatened to post naked videos and photographs of Jayden on Facebook after the couple broke up.
He had hoped she would kill herself as a consequence.
Judge Patrick Eccles QC said Blakeley had spun a "web of lies" to cover up what he had done, adding: "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."
In a statement, Jayden's family said: "We will never be able to find an ounce of forgiveness for the evil that murdered Jayden and then concealed her body in such a cold, calculated and callous manner.
"Despite today's sentencing of Blakeley, our nightmare will never end.
"We can never erase from our minds the pain that was inflicted on Jayden, nor can we erase the image of Jayden's battered and bruised body.
"We will never be able to celebrate birthdays, Easter or Christmas with Jayden, and we will never get to see Jayden grow up, get married and have children.
"This is our life sentence - it's now time for Blakeley to start his."
The jury of six men and six women were dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on whether Blakeley's brother Jake prevented Jayden's lawful burial.
The 17-year-old, of Didcot, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by helping to dig the grave in which Jayden was buried.
He is due to be sentenced on August 22.