Jodie Chesney ‘stabbed to death by dealers after friend bought drug from rival’

Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death by drug dealers after her friend bought cannabis from a rival rather than their new batch dubbed “Pineapple Express”, a court has heard.

Jodie, 17, was knifed in the back as she sat with a group of young people listening to music and smoking in Amy’s Park in Harold Hill, east London, on the evening of March 1.

The Old Bailey has heard the popular A-level student was unlikely to have been the intended target of the attack.

Earlier that day, one of her group had unsuccessfully tried to buy £20 of “Pineapple Express” cannabis from the defendant Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and turned to another local dealer instead, the jury was told.

Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and his co-accused Manuel Petrovic, 20, were said to be in business together selling drugs, with a 16-year-old defendant acting as a “runner” for Petrovic.

A fourth defendant, aged 17, was allegedly helping Ong-a-Kwie, also known as Spencer, to sell drugs on the day of the killing.

A purple bow attached to railings in St Neot’s Road, Harold Hill, east London, in memory of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney
A purple bow attached to railings in St Neot’s Road, Harold Hill, in memory of Jodie Chesney (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told jurors: “One or more of Jodie’s friends had bought cannabis in the past from one or more of the defendants.”

On February 28, Ong-a-Kwie’s mobile phone sent a message to customers, including Jodie’s friend Kane Compton, advertising a new strain of cannabis known as “Pineapple Express”, he said.

The message offered 1g and 2g bags of “Pineapple Express” with “fast delivery all over the hill (Harold Hill) holla with the dolla”.

Mr Compton, 18, passed the message on to another of Jodie’s group, Bryce Henderson, 18, who agreed to contact Spencer, aka Ong-a-Kwie, to buy a bag of Pineapple Express for £20, it was claimed.

When Mr Henderson had no luck, Mr Compton sent the man he knew as Spencer a text to ask why and was told the driver had crashed his car and was on the way to hospital, the court heard.

Mr Aylett told jurors that there was no evidence Petrovic had crashed his car so either he was lying or he was working with someone else.

By 7.05pm, Mr Henderson gave up on Spencer and agreed to buy £40 of cannabis from another local dealer who arranged delivery to Amy’s Park within the hour, the jury was told.

Mr Aylett said that while Mr Henderson had no luck getting hold of Pineapple Express from Ong-a-Kwie, Mr Compton’s older brother Joshua ordered some for himself.

Ong-a-Kwie delivered it personally, taking a minicab to Harold Hill accompanied by the 17-year-old defendant, it was alleged.

Afterwards, he sent a series of urgent texts to Petrovic saying: “I need you ASAP”, jurors heard.

Mr Aylett said: “The prosecution suggest that while Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was in Harold Hill he must either have heard or seen something that upset him. For his part, Joshua Compton has said that there was no conversation between him and Svenson.”

The four defendants, from east London, have denied murder.

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