Jury selected for Jodie Chesney murder trial

A jury has been selected to try four young people accused of the murder of girl scout Jodie Chesney.

Jodie, 17, was stabbed to death while playing music in a park with friends close to St Neot’s Road, Harold Hill, in Romford, east London, on March 1.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, and two youths, aged 16 and 17, from Barking and Romford, are charged with her murder.

On Monday, Jodie’s family gathered at the Old Bailey as a jury was selected on the first day of the trial before Judge Wendy Joseph QC.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC is expected to outline the case against the defendants on Tuesday.

The trial is due to go on for up to eight weeks and the defendants have denied the charge against them.

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