Jodie Chesney murder: Two teens found guilty

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Two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering girl scout Jodie Chesney who was fatally knifed in an east London park.

The 17-year-old schoolgirl was attacked while talking and listening to music with a group of friends in Amy’s Park in Harold Hill, Romford, on 1 March.

She was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

Tributes near the scene at St Neot's Road in Harold Hill, east London, following the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney
Image: Tributes were left near the scene at St Neot’s Road in Harold Hill, east London

Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named have been convicted at the Old Bailey.

Jodie’s family shouted “yes” as the first verdict was returned.

Their co-defendants, Manual Petrovic, 20, and a 16-year-old boy were cleared of murder after the jury deliberated for less than six hours.

The trial heard Jodie was unlikely to have been the intended target of what is thought to have been a drug dispute.

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A post-mortem was carried out on 3 March by pathologist Dr Ashley Fegan-Earl, who found the cause of death to be an 18cm knife wound.

It was on the right side of her back, and passed through her skin, muscle, between the ribs and through a lung.

After her death, Jodie’s father Peter set up a charity – the Jodie Chesney Foundation – aimed at trying to steer young people away from knife crime.

Peter Chesney
Image: After her death, Jodie’s father Peter set up a charity – the Jodie Chesney Foundation

In a tribute on its website, he described his daughter as a “beautiful person” who was just “blossoming into a wonderful young woman” when her life was cut short.

He said: “She was a beautiful, well-liked, fun young woman who judged no-one and loved everyone.

“As a little girl she was very shy, but her confidence grew from strength to strength as she got older.”

Mr Chesney added that his daughter “wore her heart on her sleeve” and that her “infectious laugh would light up any room.”

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Jodie Chesney murder:Two teenagers found guilty

News reporter @news_snuggsy Two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering girl scout Jodie Chesney who was fatally knifed in an east London park. The 17-year-old schoolgirl was attacked while talking and listening to music with a group of friends in Amy’s Park in Harold Hill, Romford, on 1 March.

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