A 17-year-old girl was killed in a “terrible and cowardly” stabbing throughout a drug turf war, a courtroom has heard.
Jodie Chesney was enjoying music and smoking hashish with buddies in a park in Harold Hill, east London, when she fatally knifed in the again, on 1 March.
She was stabbed after two figures got here out of the darkish, noiselessly in the direction of them, the Old Bailey heard.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, and two youths, aged 16 and 17, all deny Jodie’s homicide.
The jury was advised the taller of two of the defendants who got here in the direction of them was noticed swinging his proper arm at Jodie’s again.
Jodie, who suffered a deep wound to her again and was bleeding closely, then screamed as seconds later the lads disappeared again into the night time, the courtroom heard.
A neighborhood resident heard her screams and got here to assist as Jodie’s buddies turned “hysterical”, jurors heard.
By the time an ambulance arrived, Jodie confirmed no indicators of life and was pronounced lifeless en-route to hospital, on the forecourt of a petroleum station.
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC advised jurors none of Jodie’s buddies had any thought who was accountable for the “terrible and cowardly” assault.
Jurors had been advised the 4 defendants had been “involved in the supply of drugs” and a number of of Jodie’s buddies had purchased hashish from these accused in the previous.
“There is, however, nothing to suggest that Jodie was involved in the supply of drugs or that she might have upset anyone”, Mr Aylett mentioned.
“Indeed, the proof of her character, accomplishments and recognition are solely on the contrary.
“Jodie’s father Peter has described her as ‘a lovely, well-liked, enjoyable, younger lady who judged no-one and beloved everybody’.
“So, the prosecution suggest that Jodie is unlikely to have been the intended target; more likely is that the intended target was somebody else altogether.”
The trial continues.