A MAN has appeared in court after being charged this morning with the murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Highfield Road, Romford, was arrested in Leicester on Tuesday in connection with the incident.
He appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court today.
Petrovic, wearing a grey tracksuit, spoke only to confirm his, name, date of birth, nationally as Croatian and address in Highfield Road during the three-minute hearing.
He has been remanded in custody.
Another man who was arrested on suspicion of murder in London on Friday remains in police custody.
Jodie was playing music with friends near a children’s playground at Harold Hill when she was knifed from behind in a seemingly motiveless attack on March 1.
“The fibre of her being was just about being good, kind. There was nothing bad in her body”
She was pronounced dead just over an hour after officers were called at about 9.25pm.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of the Girl Scout’s death as trauma and haemorrhage.
Her death has added to the urgency for action to be taken to tackle knife crime across the UK.
Jodie’s father Peter Chesney described the teenager as a “proud geek” and a “great girl”.
He added: “The fibre of her being was just about being good, kind. There was nothing bad in her body.”
He said Jodie’s death had torn the family apart and said: “We don’t know how to deal with it.
“Everyone is suffering because she was so good.
“Everyone just can’t believe it – why her?
“It is not one life deserves to be killed over another, but specifically her, she was so kind.”
On Thursday, people wore purple ribbons and carried purple balloons in memory of the teenager as they took part in march through Romford calling for an end to knife crime.
A murder investigation into Jodie’s death continues.