Mum still terrified of jailed man who killed daughter and stuffed her in case

Mum still terrified of jailed man who killed daughter and stuffed her in case
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A mum has told how she’s still terrified of the jailed man who murdered her daughter before stuffing her in a suitcase.

Ben Blakeley, then 22, throttled pregnant Jayden Parkinson, 17, and hid her body before returning a few days later to stuff her in a suitcase.

Blakeley took a taxi to a cemetery – telling the cabbie “all his worldly goods” were in the heavy bag after a break up with a girlfriend.

He then buried her in his uncle’s grave.

Jayden went missing after going to tell her ex-boyfriend Blakeley he was the father of her unborn baby.

The former binman was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail, serving a minimum of 20-years.

But Jayden’s grieving mum Samantha Shrewsbury, 53, told podcast Real Fix how she’d feared Blakeley would kill her – not her daughter – and how she’s still terrified of him.



Jayden Parkinson and her mum Samantha Shrewsbury

Speaking on an episode of the podcast, which features real people telling their own extraordinary stories in their own words, the mum from Didcot, Oxon., said: “Jayden’s death has broken everybody in this family.

“Nobody understands what it’s like to go through something like this unless it has happened to you.

“I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy because some of the things we’ve heard and we’ve seen can never be forgotten.

“They’re the sort of horrific things that will haunt a family forever.

“I’m absolutely terrified he is going to come out.

“I’m more scared of that man than anything in this world, because I have grandkids and that’s what terrifies me the most.”



Ben Blakeley was caught two weeks later after a helicopter search found the dug up soil

Jayden had attempted to leave the toxic relationship with her boyfriend a month before she was murdered.

However she was forced to make contact again after finding out she was pregnant with his child.

The two arranged to meet up at Didcot train station in Oxfordshire, on December 3, 2013, but later Blakeley choked her to death in a field where the two used to smoke and drink.

He returned a few days later to stuff her body into a suitcase he borrowed from his grandmother, and called a taxi to take him to the local cemetery, where he buried her.

Blakeley was caught two weeks later after a helicopter search found the dug up soil.



Jayden was pregnant at the time

In July 2014 he was found guilty of the murder, and will be behind bars for at least 20 years.

Jayden’s mother Samantha believes the sentence is far too soft and is dreading the thought of Blakely being out of prison.

Speaking to the podcast, she added: “When they were together he used her niece and nephew against her by threatening to hurt them.

“He then did the same with me one Christmas saying if she didn’t behave how he wanted her to he’d turn off my life support.



Jayden’s mother thinks the sentence is too soft

“For ages we thought it would be me who he would try to kill, and I got so paranoid at one point I went to my housing officer for help.

“I asked them to promise if anything happened to me they’d give Ben Blakely’s name to the Police a long with a record of our conversation.

“But it was Jayden that he killed, not me, and I am so scared that one day he’ll be released and come back to haunt me and my family.”

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