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Live Reporting

By Thomas Mackintosh and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

  1. Trial finishes for the day

    Judge Wendy Joseph QC has sent the jury home for the rest of the day and for them to start their weekend.

    The trial will resume at the Old Bailey on Monday morning at 10:15 GMT.

  2. 'I hid when the police came to my door'

    Although the attempted robbery happened hours after Jodie Chesney was stabbed in Amy's Park - Manuel Petrovic did not report anything to the police until a few days later.

    "This is because I went there on 3 March and my car was not there," he said.

    "I thought it would be recovered by police, maybe the council or maybe the thieves because they made off with the keys."

    Before the jury breaks for the weekend, Mr Petrovic tells the court he went back home and carried on making calls.

    He said: "I got my mum's phone off charge, made a couple of calls and I heard a knock at the door. I heard my mum waking up and the police were at the door.

    "I hid at the time due to all the drugs I had in the house. I hid and I could only hear a bit of the conversation. I heard them ask for me and my mum did not know I was there at the time.

    "I heard them say something about my car being left abandoned at Elvet Avenue and for them to let me know when I saw it.

    "I took my mum's phone and went back downstairs. I made a couple of calls and she ended up coming down asking me what happened

    "I told her I had been robbed. She asked if I was hurt and I said I wasn't."

  3. 'I did not want police to be called as I had loads of drugs'

    Manuel Petrovic has told the court after he was robbed he tried to get hold of a man called Boris.

    "I texted Boris to tell him I had just been robbed. I told him I could not work any more because the keys had been taken from my car.

    "I walked to the pub, saw someone I knew and I asked if I could use his phone. I called Boris and said I had just been robbed.

    "He came and pulled up about five or ten minutes later. He drives a Range Rover."

    Mr Petrovic said he went back to his car on Elvet Avenue and saw a man telling him to move his car.

    "I didn't want the police to be called as I didn't have a licence and I still had loads of drugs on me.

    "The person insisted that we moved it but I said the steering lock was on. We pushed it a metre or two as the car was heading to a parked van.

    "Shortly after Boris and his friends arrived."

  4. Manuel Petrovic 'threatened to be stabbed in the neck'

    Hours after Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back, Manuel Petrovic drove his car to Gidea Park, which is about two miles away.

    The 20-year-old said he was "threatened with being stabbed in the neck" as he went to drop off some drugs in a housing estate.

    "I drove towards a basketball court," he described. "I saw a person approaching another vehicle and I said to the teenager, 'They are approaching the wrong car'.

    "Then I heard a jingling noise and I looked up and realised they pulled my keys out of the ignition and I saw this big blade.

    "He asked where the stuff was and at first I was confused. I said it was in the boot, but actually it was in my bag."

    Mr Petrovic said he did not run off because the 16-year-old was still in the car.

    He admitted he deals class A drugs but "does not carry any weapons".

    Mr Petrovic adds: "The teenager did not have anything either himself."

  5. 'Jodie's family deserve to know the truth'

    Jodie Chesney

    Manuel Petrovic said he helped Svenson Ong-a-Kwie get a change of clothes - trousers which belonged to his younger brother.

    "I gave them to him at 22:20," he said.

    Miss Forshaw says this specific reference about the change of clothes was not included as part of the prosecution's opening case.

    "It is because I want to say the truth," Mr Petrovic tells the jury. "The family deserve to know."

    The 20-year-old has been asked about how he feels about the fatal stabbing of Jodie Chesney.

    "It makes me feel very sad," he said.

    "I always think of it every day, I played a part of it with no knowledge of what happened at the time."

  6. 'Svenson needed a change of clothes'

    A light illuminates a white sheet, forensic cones and blood stained objects in the play ground area in the park where Jodie Chesney was stabbed

    Manuel Petrovic said he continued selling drugs after Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the park.

    He told jurors he did so until about 23:00 GMT.

    Sarah Forshaw QC then asks what happens when he dropped Svenson Ong-a-Kwie off.

    "I received a call off him," he replied. "We had a bit of a conversation and asked if I was going to a mutual friend.

    "If I was going there, could I grab his bag and drop it to the same place.

    "I didn't really know what he wanted from his bag. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

    "He told me 'some **** had happened' and he had 'had a madness' and he needed a change of clothes.

    "It could have been a police chase - I didn't really know."

    Miss Forshaw asks what "having a madness" meant.

    "He has a problem," Mr Petrovic replied.

  7. 'I became aware of the Amy's Park murder the next day'

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    Aerial view of the scene in Amy's Park

    Miss Forshaw asks if Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old boy gave "any hint that something violent" had happened in Amy's Park.

    Manuel Petrovic said: "Nothing was said."

    He told jurors he was first aware of the murder in Amy's Park on 2 March when he saw a news article in the local newspaper, the Romford Recorder.

    Miss Forshaw asked: "When you saw it, did you connect it when you were in Retford Road the previous night?"

    "Yes," Mr Petrovic replied. "I woke them up and gave them the phone to see it.

    "I said to the 16-year-old boy that we had taken them there that night

    "I had suspicions that the two occasions were linked together.

    "I said, 'Surely they would have told us if something had happened'."

  8. 'I did not notice any blood on them'

    As Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old boy left the car to go into Amy's Park, Manuel Petrovic said he intended to smoke some cannabis.

    "I was going to park my car," he said. "Turn off the lights and smoke the rest of the joint I had in my hand before I picked up Svenson and the teenager.

    "I was writing a text, the music was on as I turned it up."

    Mr Petrovic says he remembers seeing Andrei Mihai - a witness who spotted Mr Petrovic's car and later reported it to police once the murder investigation was launched.

    Sarah Forshaw QC then asks Mr Petrovic if he noticed anything unusual when the pair get back in his Vauxhall Corsa.

    "No," he replies adding that he did not notice any blood on either of them.

    "Svenson said something about his glasses," Mr Petrovic said. "They did not say anything about what happened in the park."

  9. 'Wait here, turn the car round and I'll be back in two'

    Amy's Park

    After picking up Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, Manuel Petrovic said he then drove along the A12 towards Harold Hill adding that Mr Ong-a-Kwie was directing him where to go.

    "I remember coming to the Petersfield shops and passed the Saxon Hill pub.

    "I took the right onto St Neot's Road. Svenson told me to carry on straight, he directed me onto Retford Road.

    "I drove down Retford Road, expecting someone to come from me left or my right. He told me to stop, so I stopped.

    "He told me he would be back in two minutes and for me to turn the car round.

    "He got out and so did the 17-year-old boy.

    "On the way there, there was a bit of conversation about how the phones were doing, how busy I was.

    "There was a bit of music on the way. It was turned down as I was receiving phone calls."

  10. 'I did not expect any violence would happen'

    Amy's Park

    Miss Forshaw has asked her client if he thought the lift for Svenson Ong-a-Kwie would "result in any sort of violence".

    Mr Petrovic replied: "No, not at all."

    "He rang me to say, 'you've just drove past me'. I did a u-turn and collected him from Hillfoot Road where he lived.

    "I expected him to be on his own but he wasn't. He was with the 17-year-old boy.

    "The 16-year-old boy was in front but Svenson opened the door and told him to get in the back.

    "So he climbed into the back."

    The 20-year-old adds the 16-year-old boy he travelled with would often sit in the back of the car, as the people he would sell drugs too might not buy from him as they felt the teenager "was a bit young".

  11. 'Manny, I need you to do me a favour'

    Court drawing of defendant Manuel Petrovic and Sarah Forshaw QC

    During one of his shuttle runs back to his home in Romford, Manuel Petrovic said he used his mum's phone to call Svenson Ong-a-Kwie at about 20:00.

    The 20-year-old told jurors: "He said, 'Manny, I need you to do me a favour'."

    Mr Petrovic said he couldn't "at the minute because it is rush hour".

    But Mr Ong-a-Kwie kept pushing to be given a lift to Harold Hill to pick some class A drugs which he referred to as "yay".

    "I said you're killing me bruv, but I'll do it for you all the same," Mr Petrovic said.

    "I never knew they [Mr Ong-a-Kwie and a 17-year-old boy] had been in the Harold Hill area."

  12. Court resumes

    Everyone is back from the lunch break and the trial has resumed.

    Manuel Petrovic is still facing questions from his defence barrister Sarah Forshaw QC who is asking the 20-year-old about texts and calls to Mr Petrovic's phones on 1 March about an hour before Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death.

  13. Jury breaks for lunch

    Manuel Petrovic has gone back to the dock and the jury has gone into their jury room as the court breaks for a one-hour lunch.

    The trial will resume at 14:05 BST.

  14. Manuel Petrovic bought cannabis for £2,500

    As the evening carried on, Manuel Petrovic said he went back to his home in Highfield Road, Romford, to "weigh up more drugs".

    The 20-year-old explains he had bought himself "half a kilo of cannabis which would last me a week - maybe more".

    Mr Petrovic has told the jury he realised some cannabis he had bought for £2,500 from a supplier called Jack, had "come up short".

    At about 19:40 BST he then complained to Jack about having too little drugs and was later "topped up".

  15. 'I did not know Jodie or any of her friends'

    Jodie Chesney and friends
    Image caption: CCTV picks up Jodie Chesney and her friends walking towards Amy's Park

    Miss Forshaw now moves onto Manuel Petrovic's movements after 18:30 on 1 March - about three hours before Jodie Chesney was stabbed in Amy's Park.

    The defence barrister makes reference to Jodie Chesney and her friends walking along St Neot's Road to Amy's Park in the Harold Hill area of east London.

    Mr Petrovic tells the jury he "did not know" of the 17-year-old girl or any of her friends in the group.

    Miss Forshaw asks: "Did you have any idea there were a group of people heading to Amy's Park at about 18:50?"

    "No, I did not," Mr Petrovic replies.

  16. Why are court sketches used and not photographs?

    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 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.

  17. 'I did not know what Svenson was up to after cafe meet'

    Manuel Petrovic has told jurors he did not know what Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was up to after leaving him at Cafe 23 in Romford.

    Miss Forshaw says Mr Ong-a-Kwie asks Mr Petrovic to ring him and he doesn't.

    The 20-year-old says this is because he was "busy working and didn't have any credit to ring".

    Miss Forshaw then reads out a series of text messages and calls between Mr Petrovic and a woman called Millie as well as between Mr Petrovic and a supplier called Jack.

    Mr Petrovic said he would keep popping back home to pick up more drugs "depending how busy it was".

    Between 18:00 and 18:30 on 1 March Miss Forshaw says Mr Petrovic still had not called Mr Ong-a-Kwie back despite his earlier request.

  18. Manuel Petrovic spent the afternoon drug dealing

    Manuel Petrovic

    The trio leave the cafe and Manuel Petrovic has told the court that before he headed home he "dropped off" some drugs.

    Six minutes after leaving Cafe 23, Miss Forshaw says Mr Petrovic sends a text.

    For the rest of the day, up until 20:45 GMT, Mr Petrovic said he was dealing drugs.

    During the afternoon Mr Petrovic said he drove a friend, called Georgie, to work.

    "She was my ex-girlfriend," he said. "I was giving her a lift to work as she did not drive."

    Miss Forshaw then reads out more texts and calls with one relating to a drug called "pineapple kush" which Mr Petrovic describes as a strain of cannabis.

  19. CCTV shows the defendants in Cafe 23

    Cafe 23

    CCTV played to the jury shows Mauel Petrovic walking into Cafe 23 in Romford.

    Footage shows the 20-year-old meet Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 16-year-old who then get up and move to another table.

    "You spent around 30 minutes having food there?" Miss Forshaw asks.

    "Yes that's correct," Mr Petrovic agrees.

    She then asks: "Was there much conversation in the cafe?

    "Not really," he replies. "He spoke about our friends crash and about not having any class A drugs."

    Mr Petrovic then leaves the cafe without one of his drug phones. The CCTV shows he leaves his phone on the table, it's located to the right of the plate of food he just ate from.

    Miss Forshaw asks Mr Petrovic if Mr Ong-a-Kwie had "any beef" with anyone.

    "No he did not," he replies.

  20. Back from break - trial resumes

    After a 20-minute mid-morning break the jury has re-entered court to carry on listening to the evidence of Manuel Petrovic.

    Wearing a dark navy blue suit, the 20-year-old has made his way across the courtroom from the dock to the witness box.

    Up in the public gallery there are around 20 people sat watching the rest of the proceedings.