Jayden trial halted as jury member falls ill

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The trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson was adjourned yesterday because a jury member was unwell.

Ben Blakeley, formerly of Christchurch Road, Reading, admits manslaughter and perverting the course of justice but denies murdering the 17-year-old on December 3 last year.

He is on trial alongside a 17-year-old who admits perverting the course of justice but denies preventing a lawful burial.

Today Blakeley is due to continue being cross-examined by prosecutor Richard Latham QC.

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