TWO drug dealers have been found guilty of killing Girl Scout Jodie Chesney in an unprovoked attack.
Her family shouted ‘yes’ as jurors, who had debated for six hours, convicted Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 17-year-old of her murder.
Jodie, 17, was stabbed in the back while out with friends in Amy’s Park, Harold Hill, east London, on March 1. She was a victim of drug dealers’ ‘casual violence’, jurors heard.
Although the motive was unclear, the court was told the defendants were involved in numerous violent clashes to protect their turf.
Afterwards, Jodie’s father Peter said he was ‘over the moon’ at the verdicts. Det Ch Insp Dave Whellams described Jodie, a model pupil who had been to Downing Street, as the ‘girl next door’.
He added: ‘She was an ordinary girl going about her ordinary business and has fallen foul of these people. They have gone there purposefully to stab somebody and they have not cared who they stabbed.’
Jurors were told her killers were driven to the park by co-defendant Manuel Petrovic, 20, who was cleared of murder along with a 16-year-old boy.
CCTV showed Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, entering the park before Jodie could be heard screaming.
Her boyfriend Eddie Coyle, 18, told the Old Bailey how she collapsed in his arms with an 18cm stab wound.
Mr Coyle said he thought the taller of the two men — said to be 6ft 2in Ong-a-Kwie — was about to punch Jodie when he ‘swung his arm out’ and stabbed her.
‘She was in shock at first. She started screaming continuously, very loud — about two minutes straight. After she stopped screaming she began to faint,’ he said.
Judge Wendy Joseph QC ruled out a jury visit to Amy’s Park, partly over concern purple ribbons left for Jodie might be too emotive. Sentencing will be on November 18.