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Live Reporting

Sarah Lee and Chirag Trivedi

All times stated are UK

  1. Jury sent home for the day

    The trial of four males accused of murdering 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in an east London park has ended for the day.

    It will resume again tomorrow at 10:00.

  2. 'Don't punish him for hanging around with Svenson'

    Manuel and Svenson

    Ms Forshaw has listed questions she wants the jurors to ask themselves:

    • Are you sure that Mani the driver, knew what was afoot?
    • Did he go and intentionally play a part in that murder?
    • Are you sure that he shared the intention of the stabber?

    "If it's anything less than "I am sure", then it won't do," she said.

    "Don't punish him for hanging around with Svenson, don't punish him for not going to the police and trying to conceal he was dealing Class A drugs.

    "I leave him in your hands."

    The jury have been sent out for an afternoon break.

  3. 'Manuel only one telling whole truth'

    "Manuel Petrovic is the only one in the dock that has told the whole sorry truth and is the only one who had a full prepared statement," Ms Forshaw said.

    She asked the jury not to hold his previous lies about supplying Class A drugs against him.

  4. Mr Petrovic only found out about Jodie's death 'the next day'


    Talking about the conversation Manuel Petrovic had with a friend in HMP Belmarsh, Ms Forshaw said the 20-year-old defendant was unaware it was being recorded.

    "This [conversation] was not in front of a judge or jury, it was him confiding in his friend," Ms Forshaw said.

    "He told her that he only found out about what had happened [to Jodie] the next day.

    "The next day."

  5. Manuel Petrovic 'not part of plan'


    Ms Forshaw has retold evidence from witness Andrei Mihai, who saw Mr Petrovic's Vauxhal Corsa parked on Retford Road on 1 March.

    Mr Mihai previously told jurors during his evidence, that as he drove away he heard screams.

    "Where were the screams coming from?" Mr Aylett had asked him.

    "Somewhere from the park far behind me," Mr Mihai replied.

    "It was a female's scream - more than one - that lasted around three seconds."

    Ms Forshaw said: "Manuel Petrovic could not have been part of a plan to commit violence if he only found out about it after it had happened."

  6. Jury back from lunch

    The jury have returned from lunch.

    Sarah Forshaw QC is continuing her closing speech in regard to her client Manuel Petrovic's involvement in the killing of Jodie Chesney.

  7. Jury sent for lunch

    The jury has retired for their lunch break.

    Sarah Forshaw QC will continue with her closing speech at 14:00.

  8. 'Have you heard a girl got stabbed?'


    Manuel Petrovic brought clothes to Svenson Ong-a-Kwie because the 19-year-old told him he had a "madness", the court heard.

    "He took the clothes because neither of them said anything in the car. He didn't know anything was wrong. He thought something must have gone wrong with the "yay" [cocaine]," Ms Forshaw said.

    "He confronted Svenson later - asking him if he had heard about the girl who had got stabbed.

    "But that's where I took you, Manuel said to Svenson.

    "Svenson couldn't look him in the eye and said, 'I don't know what your [expletive] talking about'.

    "That's when he knew," Ms Forshaw said.

  9. Mr Petrovic planned drug deal 15 minutes after Amy's Park lift


    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's telephone disconnected from the network moments before Manuel Petrovic received a text from a customer saying "Drop a half mate," jurors were told.

    When the customer asked: “Sweet. How long mate for my bro”, the 20-year-old defendant replied: "15 mins".

    "He would not text '15 minutes' to his customer if he thought he was involved in a plot to murder someone in a park," Ms Forshaw said.

  10. 'We know one of them held the knife'

    Talking of the "urgent" lift in which Svenson Ong-a-Kwie needed on the night of 1 March, Ms Forshaw said Manuel Petrovic "was not so urgent", in fact "he didn't want to give him a lift".

    Addressing the jury, Ms Forshaw said: "Neither Svenson or the 17-year-old has ever admitted it to you or to Manuel who did it.

    "But we know one of those two held the knife."

  11. 'Manuel had no clue what was happening'

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    Video caption: CCTV shows Manuel Petrovic's Vauxhall driving away from Harold Hill

    Ms Forshaw has said her client did "not have a clue" what Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old were up to.

    "He was parked up, with his lights off, waiting for the boys to come back from a drug deal.

    "He looked at witness Mr Mihai, [who had been blocked by Manuel Petrovic's car on Retford Road] and for a moment, thought he was an undercover police officer - just for a moment.

    "Of course he was not.

    "The boys get back in and he drives off. Mr Mihai can then drive past."

  12. 'Phone would be off if he had known violence would take place'

    Manuel Petrovic

    Ms Forshaw has described her client as "smart" and that he knew the trial papers "inside out".

    "You would do wouldn't you, if you were innocent of something you've been accused of?

    "If Manuel Petrovic wanted to hide his identity, he would have used a hire car on the night of 1 March wouldn't he?

    "His phone is registered to Manuel Petrovic. And as they are driving to Retford Road, Svenson's telephone, about five minutes before the killing, it turns itself off.

    "Why? Because they all know about cell site and phone data. And the one person who doesn't turn his phone off is Manuel Petrovic.

    "If he had known for one moment there would be violence in Amy's Park - he would not have that phone on."

  13. 'Did he share the intention to kill?'

    Ms Forshaw has asked the jury two questions to consider in regards to her client Manuel Petrovic.

    • Did he intentionally assist the killers to kill - to murder?
    • Did he Manuel - himself - share the intention to kill someone in the park?
  14. 'This case is as topical as Brexit'

    Manuel Petrovic

    "Let me address the elephant in the room - Jodie Chesney's murder has attracted unprecedented attention," Ms Forshaw has said.

    "It has enraged people.

    "Not least, it is a knife crime trial - which makes this case as topical as Brexit at the moment."

    She has asked the jury to put its anger and prejudice aside in the case of Manuel Petrovic.

    "Mani is not someone who carries knives, and if he did, you would have heard about it," she said.

    "The way he deals with things, if things go wrong, is - he just uses his brain.

    "He does not operate in the life of violence.

    "Mani is innocent of murder and innocent of manslaughter unless the evidence convinces you that you are sure he is guilty."

  15. Jury back from break

    The jury have returned from their break, where Sarah Forshaw QC, for Manuel Petrovic, has begun her closing speech.

  16. Jury take short break

    The jury has been sent out for their mid-morning break.

    The court will resume at 11:15.

  17. 'The case isn't about finding the stabber'

    Eddie Coyle giving evidence
    Image caption: Jodie's boyfriend Eddie Coyle had said it was the "taller one" who had stabbed the 17-year-old girl

    Mr Aylett, has told jurors he believes the two defendants did at least go to the park with intent to cause serious violence.

    "I began my opening by quoting that in law, murder is the deliberate, unlawful, killing of an another with the intention either to kill or cause seriously bodily harm.

    "The prosecution suggests, which ever defendant caused the 18cm wound to Jodie, that almost passed through her entire body, he would have had the intention to kill - even if Jodie was not the intended target.

    "This was tit-for-tat feud with which the level of violence escalated.

    "Jodie breathed her last breath before the paramedics arrived and she was given a life saving procedure, though she was unfortunately already dead.

    "The case isn't about finding the stabber - instead, the prosecution allege all four defendants were part of a plan to cause serious bodily harm to someone in that park - the victim was Jodie.

    "If you are satisfied a defendant participated in that plan - either by driving them to the scene or being happy to participate, they can be found guilty of murder.

    "The evidence suggests it was Svenson who stabbed Jodie.

    "He was the taller one, as you remember Eddie Coyle's evidence, there was the glint on the CCTV footage showing a knife as he got out of the car on 1 March.

    "Manuel Petrovic also said in prison that, 'My man went there to do someone else'.

    "The 20-year-old also said he knew it wasn't the 17-year-old who had stabbed Jodie."

  18. 'Youth different to zombie like person he claims he was on day of stabbing'

    Amy's Park

    Mr Aylett has said the 17-year-old, who was not "a star child", as he had said in the witness box, but he was attentive during questioning in court.

    "This [person] is very different to the zombie like person he claims to have been on 1 March."

    The 17-year-old had previously said he had not been paying attention to Svenson Ong-a-Kwie when he approached Jodie and her friends in Amy's Park.

    The defendant had told the court: "I had not even been paying attention until I saw Svenson running."

  19. 'Svenson's account inconsistent with Jodie's wound track'


    Mr Aylett has asked jurors to look at the body graphic of Jodie's wound.

    The wound track is represented by an arrow pointing from her back to the front of her body.

    Her wound was 8cm to the right of her spine, the court had previously heard.

    "This is inconsistent with the 17-year-old moving across Svenson to achieve that result," Mr Aylett said, referring to Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's evidence that it was his co-defendant who had stabbed Jodie in the back.

    "It is not just the 17-year-old who said it was Svenson who had done it, you will recall, I'm sure, Tom Giles-Wyatt's evidence.

    "Amidst cell site evidence, CCTV evidence, Tom Giles-Wyatt would have made an impression on you one way or another," he told jurors.

    "He said - the following day, according to Giles-Wyatt, Svenson rang him and said 'I have done something real bad T'.

    "We can focus here on the "I" meaning "him" - Svenson."

  20. What happened yesterday?


    During yesterday's short hearing, jurors heard Mr Aylett summarising the evidence given by Jodie's friends who were also at the park on 1 March.

    He said although Jodie's boyfriend Eddie was a little confused about the clothes the two boys were wearing on the night of 1 March, he was certain about their height.

    Bryce Henderson, another friend of Jodie's who witnessed her death, also told jurors in his evidence that one was tall and the other was shorter.

    Another witness told jurors that one of the boys stood up on the bench to stab Jodie who was sat on the table top.

    "We now know that Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old entered the park together, one of them stabbed Jodie, nothing was said when that happened and they both ran off together," Mr Aylett said.

    Both the boys heard her scream, the prosecutor added.