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Jurors hear screams after Jodie Chesney stabbing

Despite the efforts of medics, the Girl Scout died before she reached hospital, the court has heard.

Murdered teenager Jodie Chesney (position in group not known) and her friends (Met Police/PA)
Murdered teenager Jodie Chesney (position in group not known) and her friends (Met Police/PA)

By Emily Pennink, PA Old Bailey Correspondent

Jurors have heard a recording of screams moments after teenager Jodie Chesney was fatally stabbed.

A series of high-pitched cries were caught on an audio visual CCTV camera from a house bordering Amy’s Park in Harold Hill where the 17-year-old was attacked.

Jodie was stabbed in the back as she listened to music with friends on a park bench on the evening of March 1.

The Old Bailey has heard how Jodie began to scream and her group panicked and became hysterical after realising she had been hurt.

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Jodie Chesney at the Pride London 2018 event (Family handout/PA)

Despite the efforts of medics, the Girl Scout died before she reached hospital, the court has heard.

On Tuesday, Judge Wendy Joseph QC warned members of the public to leave court if they did not want to hear the sound of screaming.

After the jury listened in silence, prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said it brought the day’s evidence to a “very sombre end”.

In other CCTV footage around 9.20pm, two shadowy figures were seen to get out of a black Vauxhall Corsa in Retford Road beside the park.

The car then does a U-turn, turns its lights off, is stationary for 49 seconds before it moves off and picks up two individuals.

Jurors were told one of the shadowy figures appeared to be taller than the other one.

Earlier, the court was shown images of the four alleged killers’ movements on the day of the stabbing.

That day, Manuel Petrovic, 20, was said to have been driving a black Vauxhall Corsa and was seen having lunch with two co-defendants, Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 16-year-old youth.

Petrovic, Ong-a-Kwie, and two youths aged 16 and 17, from east London, deny murder and the trial continues.

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