Jodie attacked by mistake after killer targeted ‘wrong people’, court hears

Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back by mistake after her killer “rid out on the wrong people”, according to the alleged getaway driver.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, is one of four youths jointly accused over the death of the popular 17-year-old in Amy’s Park in Harold Hill on March 1.

While on remand over the killing, Petrovic protested his innocence, saying he was only asked to drive to Harold Hill, and not why.

Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death on March 1
Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death on March 1 (Family Handout/PA)

During a covertly recorded prison visit by two female friends on May 24, he said: “I’m going to say I’m a drug dealer, I broke the law with my driving and s***. I’m not into murder. I ain’t going to go guilty for something I have not done. I’m no murderer.”

During a second visit on August 3, Petrovic allegedly said to a friend that Jodie was stabbed after his co-defendant Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was “cheffed”.

According to a transcript of the conversation read out in court, Petrovic said: “They went to bang out on their ops and banged out the wrong people.”

Drone photo of the scene in Amy's Park following the attack
Drone photo of the scene in Amy’s Park following the attack (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Asked how he knew that, Petrovic replied: “Uh? Because I know that … It was to do with Svenson’s op – they cheffed him up a couple of month or something, a couple of months before.

“Someone give him the drop, he went to ride out and rid out on the wrong people in the park and they thought it was them because they chill in that area.

“That’s why she got it from behind.”

Asked where the tip-off came from, Petrovic replied: “They got their drop their self bruv. Because they were in a cab in Harold Hill when they text me saying ‘ring me, ring me asap, need to come and see you asap’.”

During the conversations in prison, Petrovic also talked of his hope to “bust the case”.

His friend told him he should “take this opportunity” if he got off the charge and take a “nine to five job”.

Petrovic denies murder along with Ong-a-Kwie and two youths aged 16 and 17, from east London.

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