Murdered schoolgirl Jodie Chesney’s parents in court to face two teens and man, 20, accused of knifing 17-year-old to death


THE parents of tragic Girl Scout Jodie Chesney have arrived at court where they will come face to face with her alleged killers today.

Dad Peter Chesney and stepmum Joanne Chesney arrived at the Old Bailey for the plea hearing of two men and a 16-year-old boy accused of her murder.

Joanne and Peter Chesney arriving at the Old Bailey

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Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in Romford, East London, on March 1[/caption]

Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-akwie, 18, and the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are all set to appear in court this morning.

Another youth charged with assisting an offender will also appear alongside them.

Jodie, 17, was stabbed to death while sitting in a park with friends in Romford, East London, on the evening of March 1.

Friends and people living near the park battled to save her life but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem exam found she suffered a single stab wound to the back.

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Romford after her death to pay tribute to the teenager.

Following her death, Peter described his daughter was a “proud geek” and a “great girl”.

He said: “The fibre of her being was just about being good, kind… there was nothing bad in her body.”

Purple ribbons – in memory of Jodie’s favourite colour – remain tied to trees, buildings and lampposts across Romford in tribute to the teenager.

A trial date is currently listed for September 2.

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The Girl Scout was pronounced dead at the scene[/caption]

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Svenson Ong-akwie is one of three males charged with her murder[/caption]

Ray Collins – The Sun

Jodie was knifed in the back while sitting in a park with friends[/caption]

Ray Collins – The Sun

Floral tributes and purple ribbons were left at the scene[/caption]


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