Jodie Chesney was ‘blameless’ bystander in ‘pathetic drug turf war’ when she was murdered, court hears

Jodie Chesney was 'blameless' bystander in 'pathetic drug turf war' when she was murdered, court hears

Murdered girl scout Jodie Chesney was a “blameless” bystander who got caught up in a “pathetic turf war” between drug dealers, a court heard.
The 17-year-old was stabbed in the back as she sat on a park bench near St Neot’s Road in Romford, East London, on the evening of March 1.
Jodie’s killer came up behind her as she listened to music and smoked cannabis with her friends.
After he plunged the blade into her, she collapsed off the bench, bleeding profusely from the deep wound.
A witness reported seeing a black Vauxhall Corsa with its engine running near the park around the time of the murder, and two males jumping into the car with the driver before it pulled away.
Paramedics took Jodie to hospital and doctors met them halfway, where they performed emergency surgery on the forecourt of a petrol station, but she died from her injuries.
Croatian Manuel Petrovic, 20, and Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, along with a 16-year-old and 17-year-old who cannot be named because of their age, deny murdering Jodie. 
They appeared at the Old Bailey this morning for the start of their trial.
Opening the case, prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “Eddie Coyle, Jodie’s boyfriend, says one of the two males was noticeably taller than the other. Eddie saw this taller male swing his right arm in the direction of Jodie’s back. Jodie screamed. The two males ran off, noiselessly disappearing into the darkness from which they had come.

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