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Jayden's Ex-Boyfriend 'Abused Other Lovers'
A man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend had a history of violence towards other former partners, a court has heard.
Ben Blakeley, 22, is alleged to have killed 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson after discovering she was pregnant with his child.
The prosecution at Oxford Crown Court claimed that Blakeley pushed another former girlfriend down the stairs in 2007.
Kirsty Penford, 16, was seven months pregnant with his child at the time. He also threatened to stab her in the stomach to kill the baby.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting, said the day after the birth he marched into the ward and started to wheel the cot away, before police were called.
The court heard that he also threatened to kill another partner, Katie Gale, and had repeatedly tried to strangle her.
Mr Latham told the jury: "In total he did this on seven or eight occasions and did this with enough force to leave marks on her neck."
Miss Parkinson's body was discovered in December last year in the grave of Blakeley's uncle in All Saints' Church graveyard, Didcot, Oxfordshire.
Blakeley, from Reading, Berkshire, denies murdering Miss Parkinson, but has admitted killing her and disposing of her body.
Mr Latham told the court his behaviour towards other women could clarify whether Blakeley had intended to kill Miss Parkinson.
He said: "The relationships with other women will answer the question of whether he used minimal violence towards her that happened to kill her or she died as a result of an attack upon her in which at very least he intended to cause her really serious harm.
"He is a man, the prosecution say, who seriously injures women."
The court had previously heard that Blakeley was an obsessive and controlling character and regularly beat Miss Parkinson.
She was last seen alive on December 3, 2013, when she was caught on CCTV leaving the One Foot Forward hostel in Oxford where she had been staying.
Half an hour later she was caught by another CCTV camera, this time at Didcot railway station with Blakeley.
Just after midnight the hostel reported Miss Parkinson missing to police after she failed to return.
Despite admitting he killed Miss Parkinson, the prosecution refused to accept his plea and he is standing trial for her murder alongside a 17-year-old boy who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The youth has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice, but he denies preventing a lawful burial between December 2 and December 10 last year.
The trial continues.