Jodie Chesney murder suspect remanded in custody

Jodie Chesney murder suspect remanded in custody

A 20-year-old Croatian man charged with murdering teenager Jodie Chesney in an east London park, has been remanded in custody.

Manuel Petrovic of Romford appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink on Monday morning following his arrest last week.

He was wearing a yellow and green tracksuit jacket and spoke only to confirm his address, date of birth and nationality. 

Mr Petrovic lives a 10-minute drive from the park in Harold Hill where Jodie was stabbed in the back on March 1.

He was arrested on suspicion of murder in Leicester last Tuesday.

Members of his family were sat in the front row of the public gallery, facing a large screen which showed Mr Petrovic sitting in a blue prison room.

He did not enter a plea when he appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Today Petrovic was remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Old Bailey in September.

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