Teenagers guilty of Jodie Chesney murder

|News, Violent crime

Two teenagers who killed a promising A-level student in a knife attack in an east London park have today been found guilty of murder.

Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted of murdering 17-year old Jodie Chesney as she sat with friends in Amy’s Park, Harold Hill on the evening of 1 March this year.

The pair had approached the group in the darkness and one stabbed Jodie in the back.

Despite the best attempts of paramedics and a team of doctors, the injuries Jodie suffered during this sudden and unexpected attack were too serious and she died just over an hour later.

Cath Carrie, the CPS prosecutor responsible for the case, said: “Jodie was the entirely innocent victim of a senseless attack.

“The court heard conflicting accounts but what has been proven is that the pair went to the park and murdered Jodie.

“This cowardly act has cruelly taken away the life of this talented, caring and much-loved teenager.

“Nothing will bring Jodie back, but we hope these convictions bring some comfort to her family and friends.”

Manuel Petrovic, 20, and a 16-year-old were found not guilty of murder.

Proving the case

The police meticulously pieced together CCTV footage and evidence relating to the location of vehicles and phones to determine the movements of the defendants before and after the attack.

The two were ultimately found to be responsible for her murder.

They will be sentenced on 18 November at the Old Bailey.

Notes to editors

  • Cath Carrie is a senior prosecutor in the CPS London North homicide team
  • The two defendants were each convicted of one count of murder:
    • Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, (DOB: 29/03/2000) is from Romford in the London borough of Havering
    • A 17-year-old, (DOB: 27/01/2002) from Barking in the London borough of Dagenham

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