Ben Blakeley
Ben Blakeley will be sentenced today for murdering Jayden ParkinsonThames Valley Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in his uncle's grave when she told him she was pregnant with his baby.

Ben Blakeley, 22, has been convicted of murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson and cramming her body into a suitcase to hide it inside his uncle Alan Kennedy's grave at a cemetery in Oxfordshire.

During the trial, it emerged Blakely had a history of abuse against previous girlfriends, including physical violence and hiding their phones so they could not socialise with other people.

He also pushed one of his girlfriends down a flight of stairs when she was seven months pregnant because he did not believe the child was his.

Shortly before her death last December, Jayden went to the police after he threatened to post naked pictures of her on social media sites after they broke up. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating how officers dealt with the complaints.

A huge police hunt was undertaken after Jayden was first reported missing from a hostel for homeless people she was staying in Oxford. Her body was found in the grave of All Saints' church in Didcot, Oxfordshire, more than two weeks later.

Det Ch Supt Andrew Murray, from Thames Valley Police said they believe this is the first case in British history where a body has been hidden in an existing grave.

"To try and hide that body in a pre-existing grave, well as far as we know, that's unique," he added.

A jury has not yet reached a decision on Blakely's brother, Jake, who is accused of preventing a lawful burial.

Blakley will be sentenced today.