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Live Reporting

Thomas Mackintosh and Claire Timms

All times stated are UK

  1. Summing up finished - what next?

    Thomas Mackintosh

    BBC London News

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC has now finished summarising all of the evidence from the trial and finished issuing her final instructions to the jury about the law.

    Now - after eight weeks of evidence - the jury has retired to consider its verdict on each defendant.

    At least initially each verdict - whether guilty or not guilty - must be unanimous, i.e. all 12 jurors agreed.

    If there is a guilty verdict sentencing may take place straight away, or it may be postponed to allow the judge to consider reports from the probation service and other experts.

  2. 'Central dispute to the trial is who stabbed Jodie?'

    The "central dispute" to the trial has been whether Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old boy stabbed Jodie Chesney, Judge Wendy Joseph QC told the court.

    Judge Joseph has now finished her summary and is giving some final directions to the jury.

  3. 'I was angry and felt the need to tell the truth'


    Judge Wendy Joseph QC read out another prison recording, this time involving the 17-year-old defendant while he was on remand in Feltham.

    She said the boy had hoped to get convicted of GBH, get eight years and serve half of that - but in his evidence he said by GBH he meant being involved "in a fight which draws blood".

    Judge Joseph recapped what the teenager said in his evidence.

    He said: "Althought I did not blame Svenson because I couldn't believe he'd blame me. I didn't see his defence statement until I was at court a week before the trial.

    "I was angry and felt the need to tell the truth."

  4. Defendant delayed statement until family out of country

    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie

    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie said he delayed giving his defence statement as he wanted to wait for his family to get out of the country, Judge Wendy Joseph QC recalled.

    "It was certainly a week before the trial started - around 9 September.

    "When he did put in that defence statement he said he did not mention details about 'Dreads' because he said it was 'too much detail'.

  5. Judge issues warning about being wary of street slang

    A transcript of a conversation had between a friend and Manuel Petrovic, while he was in prison, has been read out by Judge Wendy Joseph QC.

    “They went to bang out on their ops [rivals] and banged out the wrong people,” Judge Joseph said - warning the jury to be wary of street slang.

    “They [Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old] got their drop [tip off] 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'."

    Judge Joseph said Mr Petrovic described being paranoid after he realised he had taken them to the park and that Mr Petrovic was glad he was arrested after he had nothing to hide.

  6. Details of what happened while the four were in prison

    HMP Belmarsh

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC has now finished recapping the arrests, police interviews and charges of all four defendants and has started to speak about what happened when the quartet were remanded into custody.

    Manuel Petrovic was initially sent to Pentonville Prison, but later moved to Belmarsh Prison (pictured) along with Svenson Ong-a-Kwie.

    The two teenage boys were remanded in Feltham Young Offenders' Institute.

    Judge Joseph told the jury: "No one is suggesting Manuel drove that knife into Jodie Chesney, he never got out of the car."

    She recalled Mr Petrovic being threatened by Mr Ong-a-Kwie in prison and being told "snitches get stitches".

    Mr Ong-a-Kwie denied this account, and said instead he gave the 20-year-old biscuits.

  7. Teenager, 17, 'ran up a tree' upon arrest

    Mentioning the arrest of the 17-year-old boy, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said the boy "ran up a tree" and was eventually convinced to come down.

    He was initially arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and said he threw a rucksack - containing a knife, two toothbrushes and some hair mousse - in a neighbour's garden.

    The boy said he lied in police interviews because he "feared" for his family's safety and also "to help himself" as he knew he was in the park with Svenson Ong-a-Kwie when Jodie Chesney was stabbed.

    "He was re-arrested on 25 May and by then he had a haircut - a shaved head which was the result of a haircut by a friend which had gone wrong."

  8. 'No suggestion this knife was the weapon that killed Jodie'

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    Video caption: Svenson Ong-a-Kwie leaves his hostel

    Speaking about Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's arrest, Judge Wendy Joseph recalled an agreed fact that the 19-year-old ran out the back door and fell through a roof.

    She added that a knife found in his hostel was used for "cooking", according to Mr Ong-a-Kwie's evidence.

    Judge Joseph said that she emphasised there was "no suggestion" that this knife was the weapon that killed Jodie Chesney.

  9. Details of the arrest of the 16-year-old boy


    Briefly breaking away from Manuel Petrovic's first interview, Judge Wendy Joseph QC mentioned the arrest of the 16-year-old boy on 8 March - a week after Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death.

    The teenager was arrested in Collier Row and was found by officers in bed.

    As he was being arrested, the 16-year-old said: "How? How? I don't know anything about it."

    Jurors also heard during the trial that the boy's mum said she had warned her son about "the people he had been hanging around with".

    In his interviews he also denied any involvement in Jodie's death and Judge Joseph added that "it became apparent he was upset at various stages - in particular when he was charged".

  10. Manuel Petrovic arrested in Leicester


    After arriving in Leicester, Judge Wendy Joseph QC reminded the jury that he was arrested by police up in the Midlands.

    "On the Tuesday they came to the family home and the following day he was brought back to London.

    "He was offered and accepted the services of a solicitor. The solicitor took the view that the disclosure was limited and Manuel Petrovic should say nothing.

    "He said he was playing a no comment interview and pointed to a prepared statement, but you know he said a great deal later."

    Judge Joseph read out the first statement in which Mr Petrovic denied any involvement in the murder of Jodie Chesney and said that he was the victim of a knife point robbery.

  11. 'Svenson Ong-a-Kwie came looking for Manuel Petrovic'

    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie

    Manuel Petrovic said that in the days after Jodie Chesney's death, Svenson Ong-a-Kwie "came knocking at his door", Judge Wendy Joseph QC recalled.

    Mr Ong-a-Kwie said he never threatened any one and Mr Petrovic said in his evidence he was encouraged by his sister to go up to Leicester.

    Judge Joseph said Mr Ong-a-Kwie told the court he "spoke to Manuel's mother because he knew the situation".

    Mr Ong-a-Kwie also said he spent a lot of time walking from his hostel to Dagenham and that he also threw his iPhone in a bin.

  12. Jury back into court

    Jodie Chesney

    The panel of 12 jurors and Judge Wendy Joseph are back into court eight.

    The four defendants are all sat in the dock alongside several prison officers, and there are three people in the public gallery listening to Judge Wendy Joseph QC finish her summary of the evidence.

    At the back of the court, Jodie Chesney's father, Peter Chesney, and uncle, Terry Chesney, are sat watching on.

  13. Teenage boy 'forced' to take Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's phone

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC has moved back to what happened between Manuel Petrovic and Svenson Ong-a-Kwie in the alleyway on 2 March.

    She added: "Manuel said Svenson looked away and he told him that he had given him clothes.

    "Svenson said to Manuel 'I don't know what the [expletive] you are on about'."

    Mr Petrovic said he refused to take a phone Mr Ong-a-Kwie told him to take, Judge Joseph recalled adding that the account from Mr Petrovic was that the 16-year-old boy was "forced" to take it.

    Judge Joseph has broken off for the morning and will continue her summing up at 14:10 GMT.

  14. 'Killing a 17-year-old girl is scummy'

    Jodie Chesney

    An acquaintance of Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, called Tom Giles-Wyatt, claimed the 19-year-old had been with him on 2 March as part of a burglary in Hemel Hempstead, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said.

    Mr Ong-a-Kwie denied that he had any involvement in this - despite Mr Giles-Wyatt telling the jury "had he known Svenson had killed someone" he would have taken him to the police himself.

    "Killing a 17-year-old girl is scummy," he added.

    It was accepted that Mr Ong-a-Kwie asked Mr Giles-Wyatt for a transfer of £70 and this money was later withdrawn by Mr Ong-a-Kwie.

  15. Teenage accused 'noticed Svenson was quiet'

    Flowers being left at scene

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC has now turned to what happened on 2 March - the morning after Jodie Chesney was stabbed and a murder investigation had been launched.

    She recalled Manuel Petrovic saying he became aware of the news after seeing an alert from his friend's mum's phone from the Romford Recorder.

    "He said at about 13:00 there was an accidental meeting between him and Svenson.

    "Svenson also talks about this meeting, but places it much later in the day.

    "Manuel said he and the 16-year-old defendant got out of the car and saw in an alley Svenson and another mutual friend.

    "Svenson spent his day waking up in the morning at the 17-year-old boy's house. He got a cab back to his hostel at about 08:00 GMT.

    "Nothing, the 17-year-old boy said, was mentioned to him about social media and a stabbing but he did notice that Svenson was quiet."

  16. 'Teenager unaware of anything on social media'


    After leaving Lawns Park, Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's account was that he had gone back to the home of the 17-year-old defendant, Judge Wendy Joseph QC.

    It was there that one of the girls they were with, read out the news of a fatal stabbing in Amy's Park.

    "But, nothing was said in front of them," Judge Joseph said.

    "The teenager was unaware of anything coming up on social media."

  17. Why are court sketches used and not pictures?

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    It is illegal to take photographs in courtrooms or court buildings of anyone involved in the proceedings.

    The law, which has been in place for almost 100 years, is still rigorously enforced.

    The authorities believe that cameras could act as a distraction in court, intimidate witnesses and deter people from giving evidence.

    There’s also a ban on making sketches in court, so artists have to draw from memory – making notes during hearings and completing their drawings away from the courtroom later.

  18. Manuel Petrovic 'hid' from police knocking at his door

    Manuel Petrovic

    Hours after Jodie Chesney was stabbed in Amy's Park, Manuel Petrovic's black Vauxhall Corsa was found abandoned in nearby Gidea Park, Judge Wendy Joseph QC reminded the jury.

    In his evidence, the 20-year-old said he was "robbed at knife point" and had his car keys taken from the ignitition.

    "Witnesses described trying to move the car and the police arriving.

    "Manuel told you after this incident he was given money for a cab. He said he used his mum's phone to make some calls and he hid while the police came to his door.

    "The officers told her Manuel's car was abandoned and he then told her he had been robbed.

    "He told Svenson he had 'had a madness' of his own."

  19. Why can't two of the defendants be named?

    Danny Shaw

    BBC Home Affairs Correspondent

    A Section 45 order is a legal ruling made by a judge which bans publication of the identity of any witness, victim or defendant aged under 18 who appears at a Magistrates Court or a Crown Court.

    The ban includes reporting the young person's name, address, school, college or place of work - and any details that are likely to identify the person.

    Photographs of the individual are banned as well.

    The rule relates to all reports of the case on radio, television, newspapers, magazines, online and social media.

    The ban applies during the duration of the trial and all other related criminal proceedings, and until the person turns 18.

    Witnesses and victims may apply for lifelong anonymity, so they can't be named even after they've turned 18.

    A judge may decide to lift the restrictions on a young person who's been convicted, but this only happens in exceptional circumstances.

    It's a crime to breach a Section 45 order and can result in a prison sentence.

  20. 'Manuel Petrovic handed over clothes and then dealt drugs'

    Manuel Petrovic and Sarah Forshaw QC
    Image caption: Sarah Forshaw QC questioned her client Manuel Petrovic

    Manuel Petrovic claimed in his evidence that Svenson Ong-a-Kwie had "had a madness", Judge Wendy Joseph QC summarised.

    The 20-year-old went home to get his brother's clothes and brought them back to Lawns Park to give to Mr Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old boy.

    She said: "He left him outside the gates, but Svenson was inside the locked gates when he returned with the clothes.

    "As he went to go he recalled he had money from his customers he had earlier been given.

    "It was about £30 or £40. Having done that he went back to his drug dealing."