CCTV footage reveals Jodie Chesney killers' world of 'casual violence'
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:34 08 November 2019
Shocking footage of two young men being assaulted in the street revealed the world of "casual violence" in which Jodie Chesney's two killers moved.
Jodie Chesney, 17, from Dagenham was fatally stabbed in Amy's Park, St Neot's Road, Harold Hill on Friday, March 1.
It took a jury less than six hours to find Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, from Collier Row and a 17-year-old, from Barking, guilty of her murder.
Manuel Petrovic and a 16-year-old from east London were acquitted of murder at The Old Bailey on Thursday, November 7.
During the seven-week trial jurors were shown footage taken in North Hill Drive, Harold Hill in September last year allegedly linking the defendants to a vicious assault.
According to Ong-a-Kwie, he had jumped off a motorbike and attacked a 19-year-old love rival.
He claimed the 17-year-old defendant appeared from a car and produced a blade.
It was alleged he stabbed a second young man in the chest, neck, arm and leg but the victim later refused to make a statement to police.
Mr Petrovic had turned up in a grey car and witnessed at least some of the assault before picking up the two victims, jurors were told.
Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old had both denied stabbing Jodie in the back, blaming each other for the attack on March 1.
There was also said to be an issue between them as to whether the 17-year-old was responsible for the September stabbing.
But prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors that someone in that group had a knife and produced it "at the drop of a hat", causing quite serious injuries.
The following month, police and paramedics were called after Ong-a-Kwie was stabbed in the thigh.
Jurors heard that the defendant was "rather vague", saying: "Basically, this is what happened.
"They pulled up here in a car, jumped out and stabbed me in the leg."
On March 1, Mr Petrovic, Ong-a-Kwie and the 16-year-old youth were captured having lunch together at Cafe 23 in Collier Row Road, Collier Row as the 17-year-old walked past.
There was no CCTV footage of the attack on Jodie that night, but images were retrieved of shadowy figures getting out of Mr Petrovic's car and running into Amy's Park seconds earlier.
The 17-year-old defendant claimed in his evidence that Ong-a-Kwie had been looking for people he had "issues with in the past".
In turn, Ong-a-Kwie said the 17-year-old told him he stabbed someone, thinking it was another youth called "Tash".
Police said two boys seen in Amy's Park shortly before Jodie was stabbed were never identified, leading to speculation that one could have been the intended target.
Following the murder, further incidents of violence were caught on CCTV.
Two hours after the stabbing, Mr Petrovic and the 16-year-old defendant were in Elvet Avenue, Gidea Park, a couple of miles away, when it was claimed they were involved in a knifepoint robbery.
It ended in Mr Petrovic being forced to abandon his Vauxhall Corsa, which he had bought for £1,000 days earlier, after someone snatched the keys from the ignition.
As the police investigation got closer to making arrests, Mr Petrovic was beaten up outside a bookmaker's in Collier Row on March 4.
Jurors saw CCTV of the defendant being assaulted by a heavily built white man who appeared to be lecturing him.
It was claimed the perpetrator was the father of an ex-girlfriend who was angry that Mr Petrovic had got her to store drugs for him.
During their trial, Mr Petrovic and the 16-year-old denied knowing what was about to happen after Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old when into the park.
Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old are due to be sentenced at The Old Bailey on Monday, November 18.