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Live Reporting

By Thomas Mackintosh and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

  1. Jury sent home for the day

    The jury has been sent home for the day and that is today's session finished.

    The trial will resume at 10:15 BST at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

  2. 'I did not know where Spencer lived'

    Mr Compton said he found out about Jodie's death through his younger brother Kane.

    "I knew it was someone who my brother knew," Mr Compton said, as he answered questions from Mr Aylett.

    He told jurors he did not know where Spencer lived.

    Before leaving the court, Judge Wendy Joseph QC says she only has one question for Mr Compton and asks him how he knew the vehicle was an Uber.

    "On the back it had a licence stamp, which I saw," he replied.

  3. 'I was in contact with Spencer the day after Jodie was stabbed'

    Jodie crime scene

    About an hour before Jodie was stabbed, Joshua Compton received some drugs from Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, jurors were told.

    He turned up in a minicab on that Friday night and said Spencer gave no explanation as to why he was in a private hire vehicle.

    Mr Compton said it was "unsual" for his drugs to be delivered in an Uber.

    The 21-year-old accepted he had "built up a rapport" with Spencer when being quizzed by Mr Ong-a-Kwie's defence barrister Charlie Sherrard QC.

    "He was one of my main dealers," he said. "I'd go to him if my other people weren't available within the Harold Hill area."

    It wasn't until the following day that Mr Compton said he was aware of Jodie being stabbed to death.

    He said: "I had contact with Spencer the following day [Saturday]. I initiated that contact."

    Natasha Wong QC, representing one of the teenage defendants, has no questions for Mr Compton.

  4. 'I met Spencer at least 15 times'

    Joshua Compton has told jurors he accepts he has bought cannabis from drug dealers in Harold Hill for up to three years.

    "It has varied on whoever was available," he said. "I don't remember any numbers, they were all saved as names in my phone."

    Mr Compton also admits he has bought drugs from Spencer for around a year to 18 months.

    "I met Spencer at least 15 times. Sometimes he would come to me, sometimes I would head somewhere in the middle for us to meet.

    "Sometimes he would be on a bike, on foot or sometimes in a car. The cars would vary."

    Mr Aylett asks Mr Compton to describe what Spencer looked like.

    "He is black," the 21-year-old said. "Athletic, 20 years old. He sometimes had a runner - slightly younger."

  5. Kane Compton's brother Joshua called as next witness

    Joshua Compton, Kane Compton's older brother, has now taken the oath after being called as the next witness.

    Judge Joseph gestures for the 21-year-old to take a seat in the witness box.

  6. Mr Compton says he only ever used two drug dealers

    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie

    Spencer's number was given to Mr Compton by his older brother, the 18-year-old has told jurors.

    Mr Compton accepted his brother had been using Spencer as a drug dealer for some considerable time - after being asked by Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's defence barrister Charlie Sherrard QC.

    Reading from a police statement, Mr Sherrard said Mr Compton wrote: "I have only ever picked up from Spencer and that was 12 February asking for a £12 bag of weed.

    "A black BMW arrived, windows were tinted, driver and passenger were both white and I got the drugs from the passenger.

    "There were other people in the car."

    The only two drug dealers he could recall were named Spencer and Jade.

    Mr Compton's witness evidence has finished and he has now left the court.

  7. 'Spencer had a driver who had a crash'

    On the evening of 1 March Mr Compton sent a text message to Spencer asking why no one was answering the telephone, the court has heard.

    He said that his friend Bryce wanted to buy some cannabis.

    Mr Compton added Spencer sent him a message saying his driver had crashed his car and was on his way to Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

    Spencer said if Mr Compton wanted any cannabis, he would have to go to Collier Row - although the 18-year-old was not prepared to go all the way there.

  8. 'I met Spencer once in a car'

    Kane Compton confirms he is friends with the Henderson twins - Kasey and Bryce.

    Hours before Jodie went to the park with her friends, Mr Compton has told jurors he met the group at Romford train station.

    However, instead of going to Harold Hill, he said he went with his girlfriend to Pets At Home to go and look at some gerbils.

    Mr Aylett asked Mr Compton if he has ever had contact with someone called Spencer.

    "I met him in the car once in the Harold Hill area," Mr Compton replies.

    On the day Jodie was killed, Mr Compton told jurors he agreed to buy some cannabis from Spencer and went to Romford station in the afternoon to give Bryce Henderson £20 in order to get hold of some of the drug.

  9. PC Leggatt's evidence is over - next up Kane Compton

    None of the defence barristers have any questions for PC Leggatt who has now finished her evidence.

    Next, Crispin Aylett QC has called 18-year-old Kane Compton.

    Bit of a delay with Mr Compton coming into court 8. Mr Aylett asks if he can sit down, to which Judge Joseph nods.

  10. Police officer followed ambulance to petrol station

    Two police officers - including PC Leggatt - were the first emergency services to attend the scene where Jodie was stabbed, the court has heard.

    PC Leggatt has described noticing two people in the road who were waving trying to attract the attention of the police.

    The police were directed towards a small park which PC Leggatt accepts she knew as Amy's Park adding she said could hear a lot of shouting.

    "It was pitch black," PC Leggatt said.

    PC Leggatt followed the ambulance as it headed for the Royal Free Hospital in Whitechapel.

    However, she told the court she watched the ambulance pull into a petrol station in Gants Hill where attempts were made to save the 17-year-old.

    PC Leggatt confirmed she was present when Jodie was pronounced dead at 22:26 GMT.

  11. PC Megan Leggatt next to give evidence

    PC Megan Leggatt has taken the oath and has already wiped away some tears at the witness box as Crispin Aylett QC begins his questioning.

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC reassures PC Leggatt as Mr Aylett asks about events on 1 March.

  12. Jury back

    Lunchtime over.

    Jury back in court, everyone is good to go and prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC is continuing to read witness statements.

  13. Watch: What happened in court this morning?

    Video content

    Video caption: Watch: What happened in court at the Jodie Chesney murder trial this morning?
  14. Court breaks for lunch

    The jury has been sent away for lunch. Court will resume after 14:00 BST.

  15. 'As I turned Jodie I could see so much blood'

    Crime scene search

    A neighbour who rushed to help Jodie after she was stabbed gave a statement to the police which Crispin Aylett QC has started to read out to the court.

    Teresa Ferenden said on the night Jodie was attacked, she was at home "watching Vera" when she was told about "something which was happening in the park".

    "They were screaming 'help'," Ms Ferenden said in her statement. "My motherly instinct felt something wasn't right. I had my flip-flops on and grabbed my coat.

    "I then walked across the green and shouted 'is everything okay?'. I could see someone about 300 yards away."

    She described hearing a voice shout back 'no my girlfriend has been stabbed.'

    Ms Ferenden continued: "The only lighting was the street lamp outside my house. I walked to the bench and saw a white male with long hair and a female lying on the ground.

    "She was wearing jeans, black boots and had a coat on.

    "I shouted at the boy with long hair to get some tissues. I didn't see the stab wound, but I believe it was on her back above her shoulder blade.

    "I put the girl in the recovery position. As I turned her I could see so much blood. There was a wet patch on her jeans.

    "Her boyfriend was on the phone and he handed it over me. It was the ambulance crew and told me not to put tissues on it [the wound].

    "The girl was groaning but not talking at all. My daughter shouted out 'she's gone'."

  16. 'I knew Svenson Ong-a-Kwie from school'

    Svenson Ong a Kwie

    In the days that followed Jodie's death, Mr Doyle said he was aware of Svenson Ong-a-Kwie being charged with the 17-year-old girl's murder.

    Mr Doyle said he knew Mr Ong-a-Kwie from school, as Mr Aylett finishes his questioning.

    The only defence barrister to ask Mr Doyle any questions in cross-examination is Sarah Forshaw QC.

    She asks: "Do you know of a Manuel Petrovic?"

    Mr Doyle replies: "No."

    The 19-year-old finishes his evidence and has been allowed to leave.

  17. 'I heard a faint screaming from the park'

    On the night Jodie was stabbed James Doyle, who lives near to the park, told the court he was at home "playing video games".

    "What kind of video games," Mr Aylett asks.

    Mr Doyle replies: "Medieval ones." Mr Aylett then asked if the 19-year-old could hear anything.

    "I heard a faint screaming," he said. "I wasn't too sure where it was coming from - thought it was my neighbours. I ignored it at first.

    "I got a phone call from Kasey who told me what had happened at the park.

    "He said he was on his way to my house and said Jodie had been stabbed.

    "The screaming was still going on when I left the house, it stopped as I approached the park."

  18. Why do some witnesses give evidence from behind a screen?

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    During court hearings, some witnesses are allowed by the judge to give their evidence without being present in court or without being seen by everyone in court.

    In such cases, 'special measures' are introduced which might involve a witness testifying from behind a screen so only the judge, jurors and barristers can see them, or by video-link from somewhere outside the courtroom.

    The central purpose of 'special measures' is to make it less stressful for witnesses to give their evidence.

    The measures can be applied to witnesses for either side - the prosecution and the defence - and the kind of cases in which they can be used are set out in guidance by the Crown Prosecution Sevrice.

    They include trials in which people allege they've witnessed serious violence or been the victim of a sexual offence.

    Those who are assessed as 'vulnerable' - if they're under 18, have a mental health problem or disability - may also be permitted to testify from behind a screen or by video-link.

    A variety of other types of 'special measures' are also available, such as hearing evidence without the public being present - but this is applied less often.

    Eddie Coyle gave his evidence from behind a screen on Friday.

    Eddie Coyle and Manuel Petrovic and Svenson Ong a Kwie
  19. James Doyle called as next witness

    James Doyle, 19, is the next witness to give evidence. He has taken the oath and is now facing questions from prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC.

    The teenager is giving his evidence from behind a screen.