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Live Reporting

Sarah Lee and Claire Timms

All times stated are UK

  1. '17-year-old stabbed Jodie Chesney without care'

    Closing his speech, Mr Sherrard said: "The 17-year-old took matters into his own hands that night.

    "Like the victim on 6 September, he stabbed Jodie without care.

    "As Svenson told you in his evidence - he said 'if I went on my own this would not have happened'.

    "He said 'I take responsibility for everything else - for asking Manuel for a lift, for burning my clothes, but I am not responsible for the murder of Jodie Chesney'."

    The trial will resume at 10:00 on Monday.

  2. 'September incident runs parallel to Jodie's stabbing'


    Mr Sherrard is now talking about an incident in Harold Hill on 6 September 2018 where Svenson Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old defendant were involved in a fight with two other boys.

    The fight was over a girl.

    Svenson Ong-a-Kwie previously admitted pulling over at the scene on a motorbike with a friend before the two started fighting with another person.

    He then claimed the 17-year-old, who was in a car “full of people” behind them, got out and stabbed the victim in the neck.

    "This incident runs parallel to this case," Mr Sherrard said.

    "Here, the 17-year-old is jumping out of the car completely uninvited in an incident that isn't connected to drugs, and isn't connected to him at all.

    The victim of this incident is stabbed in the neck, while Svenson is stabbed in the hand "by accident" by the 17-year-old defendant, jurors hear.

    "Here he is getting involved in serious violence."

  3. 'It doesn't make sense'

    When getting back into the car, the defendants say nothing was said between the group, Mr Sherrard explained.

    "Nothing is said, apparently. So why then does the car go off at speed?"

    "Apparently it was just silent. It just doesn't make sense."

  4. '17-year-old wanted to get ahead by hurdling fence'

    Flowers at scene
    Image caption: A well-wisher lays flowers near the park where Jodie Chesney died

    Mr Sherrard said: "He [the 17-year-old] must have had his own reason for getting out of that car.

    "What we know is that he said Svenson didn't have a knife and that he thought the glint [captured on CCTV] came from Svenson's phone.

    "We can't see the 17-year-old [in the CCTV], because he's dressed all in black. He has decided to pull down his hood.

    "It looks like he is in a rush - but why? It's nothing to do with him, he told us.

    "One conclusion for hurdling over a fence - is because he wanted to get there quicker than walking.

    "He wanted to get ahead."

  5. Defence QC queries 'revenge' theory for Jodie stabbing


    Talking of the incident in October 2018, where Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was stabbed, Mr Sherrard said it was "odd" that he would want revenge six months after it had happened.

    "For the first time in six months, Svenson decided he wanted revenge for something that happened in October? Really?" he asked.

    "And if they saw them [those who stabbed Svenson] near Petersfield shops, why would you think they would be in Amy's Park an hour later?

    "Why would you imagine without any words being said, that someone would be there to beat up in Amy's Park? None of it stacks up members of the jury," he said.

    "What we suggest happened was that the 17-year-old was interested in going to the park.

    "The 17-year-old, who was hot headed, and acts without thinking, saw the group in the park, and thought it was Tashinga. And of course no it wasn't."

  6. 'Drug patch was Svenson's safe place'


    "Next we will turn to motive," Mr Sherrard said.

    "We heard in Svenson's evidence that his patch was his safe place.

    "Any violence in Amy's Park - would drive customers away.

    "His customers didn't have a bad word to say about him other than his time-keeping.

    "He was good at what he did [drug dealing] - why would he mess it up?"

  7. 'Manuel wanted to draw attention to Svenson'

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    Video caption: Charlie Sherrard QC arrives at the Old Bailey

    "The very last call on Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's iPhone, before he dumped it in a bin, was to Manuel Petrovic," Mr Sherrard said.

    "Meaning that he was in contact with him up until then. They were together in this.

    "I suggest that Manuel knew exactly what had happened as soon as Svenson got back into the car.

    "Manuel says that he only cleaned the passenger seat of his car [after Jodie was stabbed]. But is that really the case? Would you only clean one part of a car?

    "Or was it because he wanted to draw the attention to Svenson?" he asked.

  8. Jury back from break

    Charlie Sherrard QC has welcomed the jury back from their lunch break.

    He thanked them for their patience and attention over the last few weeks.

  9. Jury break for lunch

    The jury have left court eight for their lunch break.

    The trial will resume at 14:00.

  10. 'Hard to tell who stabbed Jodie'

    Amy's Park

    "So who stabbed Jodie?" Mr Sherrard asked the jury.

    "I suggest you cannot answer that, based on this evidence.

    "I'm not saying you can discount Svenson, far from it. But it will be difficult with the evidence presented in court."

  11. 'Eddie Coyle most shocked and traumatised'


    Referring to the two separate boys who were seen by Jodie's group of friends at Amy's Park before the 17-year-old girl was stabbed, it was a "coincidence" that one of them was tall and the other was short, Mr Sherrard said.

    "One was also wearing a black puffer coat," he added.

    "That would be an amazing coincidence bearing in mind they were different people.

    "Is it possible two pairs become merged as one?" the barrister asked.

    "Eddie Coyle was undoubtedly the most shocked and traumatised.

    "Not only was he Jodie's boyfriend but it was in his arms where she died.

    "Eddie didn't see a weapon and he didn't see the stab. He didn't realise it was a stabbing at first."

  12. 'Can we narrow down the killer from two people?'

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    Video caption: CCTV of Jodie Chesney walking with friends in Harold Hill

    "The question is - are you sure and can you safely determine that we can narrow down the [killer] from two people?" Mr Sherrard asked the jury.

    "Second question - was anything said in the car after the incident in Amy's Park?

    "If the answer is yes - then we suggest it says an enormous amount about what happened and what happened thereafter."

    Talking of the evidence submitted by Jodie's friends who were there on the night, Mr Sherrard said: "It was pitch black that night and it was as unexpected as anything you could imagine.

    "It was incredibly quick. It was seen from different perspectives and angles.

    "It was born out of utter shock and disbelief. It is impossible to get 100% clarity .

    "There was also an element of drink and drugs," he said.

  13. 'Svenson didn't have any money'

    "Let's start with Svenson," Mr Sherrard said.

    "He was only 18-year-old when it happened. He looks older, but he was only 18.

    "He was an amateur boxer and a drug dealer.

    "He started in the drugs world when he was 14.

    "He doesn't have any money, any cars. He was living in a hostel.

    "He didn't even have enough money to take his girlfriend to a Premier Inn. He had to borrow it.

  14. Svenson Ong-a-Kwie's defence begins closing speech


    Charlie Sherrard QC, for Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, has begun his closing speech.

    He told the jurors he has seven sections to go through with them, including a look at the question of motive and the killing of Jodie herself.

  15. '16-year-old didn't know anything'

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

    In reference to cleaning Manuel Petrovic's car the day after Jodie was killed, Ms Sweet asked the jury:

    "Who bought the cleaner?

    "Who cleaned the car?

    "Who is saying why it should be done?"

    "It's not the 16-year-old. He didn't know anything that happened in Amy's Park.

    "While Jodie can't be brought back to her loved ones, the 16-year-old should be given his own life."

    Ms Sweet has finished her closing speech.

    The jury are taking a 20-minute break.

  16. 'First scream was Jodie's scream'


    "Those in the car may not have heard the screams," Ms Sweet said.

    "The first scream that the 17-year-old defendant confessed to hearing would have been Jodie's scream.

    "The second lot of screams would probably have been her friends screaming when they had discovered she'd been hurt.

    "So what Mr Mihai heard [a witness who saw Manuel Petrovic's car on Retford Roard] was probably that," she said.

  17. 'Youth crying during police interviews'

    Amy's Park

    Throughout his police interviews, the 16-year-old had been crying, Ms Sweet told jurors.

    "No hardened boy there. There was no tough exterior," she said.

    "Solicitors are met with a boy who is extremely distressed."

  18. 'No violent bone in his body'

    Ms Sweet asked jurors if they were sure the 16-year-old meant any harm to anyone.

    "Or was he involved in a plan to cause violence?" she asked.

    "You must be sure of intentional participation," she said.

    "It is not enough for the 16-year-old to be in the back of a car on 1 March [to find him guilty of murder].

    "There was no role for him on that night. What participation? Where is the evidence?

    "There's no evidence that he has a violent bone in his body, is there?"

  19. 'He gets an older friend who he is pleased to have'

    Manuel Petrovic

    "So what was he [the 16-year-old] doing?" Ms Sweet said.

    "Mani [Manuel Petrovic] was letting him cruise in the car. He may have had his head turned slightly by this older man who wanted his company.

    "He gets an older friend who he is very pleased to have."

  20. 'No proof youth involved in violence'

    Ms Sweet has told jurors that the prosecution do not ask for a guilty verdict because of the rise of knife crime or because of drugs

    "Just because someone is involved in drugs, doesn't mean they are involved in murder.

    "You know there is no proof or evidence that the 16-year-old has involved himself in violence, or has ever carried a weapon.

    "He had no involvement in the moped incident earlier in 2018."