CPS statement on sentencing in Jodie Chesney murder trial
Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and Aaron Isaacs, 17, were sentenced today after being found guilty of the murder of Jodie Chesney.
They were convicted of murdering 17-year old Jodie as she sat with friends in Amy’s Park, Harold Hill on the evening of 1 March this year, after a trial following a prosecution brought by the CPS.
Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years to serve before he can be considered for release.
Aaron Isaacs was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 18 years to serve.
Cath Carrie, a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS's London homicide team, said: "The court heard today how the cowardly actions of these two men have ripped apart a family and a community.
"Jodie was a talented, caring and much-loved teenager and had gone to the park that night to spend time with friends. Her life was cruelly taken away as a result of a senseless dispute linked to the drug-dealing activities of these individuals.
"I would like to pay tribute to the strength of Jodie’s family and friends and for the support they have given the CPS prosecution in bringing this case to court. I hope they are able to take some comfort that these two murderers will now spend many years in prison.
"This prosecution was underpinned by a meticulous investigation by the police who were instrumental in bringing those responsible for Jodie’s murder to justice."