A 25-year-old man has been sentenced for manslaughter by diminished responsibility following the death of Ella Parker in Milton Keynes.

Ryan Blacknell, aged 25, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the offence on April 23rd at Luton Crown Court, which was accepted by the prosecution. He was acquitted of an alternative charge of murder.

On Tuesday (22/05), he was sentenced to a hospital order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act with a restriction order under Section 41 of Mental Health Act at the same court.

The sentencing relates to an incident that happened at around 2.40pm on December 7th 2017, when Ella, who was pregnant, was found dead inside a property in Newport Road, New Bradwell by paramedics.

She was confirmed deceased at the scene. Blacknell was later arrested the following day and was then re-arrested and charged on December 12th.

A Home Office Post-Mortem examination established the cause of death to be as a result of puncture wounds to the neck. Ella’s next of kin have been supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

In a statement released by police, Ella’s family paid tribute to her.

They said, “Ella could put a smile on anyone’s face, she was someone who you naturally drawn to as she was such a unique blend of kindness, warmth and humour. She was a bright light in the community and loved by many of all ages. She was full of life and ready for her next chapter as a mother.

“Now, she won’t be able to grow old with her family and her little boy won’t get a chance at life at all. Ella, a friend, cousin, sister, niece and mother to be. You will always be in our hearts and thoughts and we miss you dearly.

“We thank Thames Valley Police for their hard work in supporting the family during this difficult time.”

Police also paid tribute to Parker’s family and friends for their assistance in the investigation.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Stuart Blaik said, “This was an absolutely tragic death of a woman liked and loved by so many. Ella was in the process of rebuilding her life following the recent loss of her parents and grandparents and was looking forward to the birth of her child. A thorough investigation has been conducted with the support of Ella’s family and friends.

“The conclusion of this investigation will not in any way help with the grieving process but I do hope that it will enable the family to start the rebuilding their lives again. I wish to pay tribute to the family and all those who have assisted the investigation over the weeks and months since December last year – their courage and dignity has been incredible.”