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Murdered teen ‘got caught up in quarrel between drug dealers’

A teen was stabbed to loss of life after getting caught up in an argument between drug sellers and was unlikely to have been the meant goal, a courtroom has been instructed.

Jodie Chesney, 17, had been with pals taking part in music and smoking hashish in an east London park when she was stabbed in the again on 1 March.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, and two youths, aged 16 and 17, from Barking and Romford, deny murdering her.

The Old Bailey heard that Jodie’s boyfriend, Eddie Coyle, had observed two figures coming in the direction of them at about 9.20pm that evening. The taller of the 2 swung his proper arm at Jodie’s again and she screamed earlier than each of them disappeared.

The jury was instructed that Mr Coyle, 18, caught Jodie as she fell, bleeding closely from the wound in her again.

An ambulance was known as however Jodie was pronounced useless on the best way to hospital.

A autopsy examination discovered {that a} single stab wound to her again, 8cm to the best of her backbone, had precipitated her lung to break down.

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Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC instructed jurors it had been a “chance sighting” of two males getting right into a black Vauxhall Corsa that had offered the “breakthrough” in the case.

The car was registered to defendant Manuel Petrovic and it was discovered about two miles from the scene of the stabbing, Mr Aylett stated.

Petrovic instructed police after his arrest that he had pushed to the park at Harold Hill with a pal and two others who needed to get cash and medicines.

But he denied figuring out the pair had been armed, the courtroom was instructed.

The jury heard that the remaining three members of the group had been recognized utilizing CCTV footage and cell phone knowledge.

Mr Aylett stated that Jodie, described as a “beautiful, well-liked and fun” younger lady, was not concerned in drug dealing and was “unlikely” to have been the meant goal.

He instructed jurors: “The drug-dealing world is one in every of turf wars, rivalries and pathetic claims for ‘respect’.

“And when drug sellers fall out, they don’t take their issues to the police. Instead, they take issues into their very own fingers, ready to make use of critical violence in order to show no matter level it’s that they want to make.

“The prosecution allege that every one 4 defendants had gone collectively in Petrovic’s car to Harold Hill in order to mete out violence – not, as Petrovic has claimed, to gather cash and medicines.

“If the prosecution are proper in saying that Jodie Chesney was a wholly innocent particular person who obtained caught up in some quarrel between drug sellers, then her homicide was the horrible however predictable consequence of an all-too informal strategy to the carrying – and utilizing – of knives.”

At the time of her loss of life Jodie, a Girl Scout, had been finding out three A-levels and was weeks away from finishing her Duke of Edinburgh gold award.

The trial continues.

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