19-year-old Svenson Omg-a-Kwie and a 16-year-old were found guilty of murder. Stabbing Jodie Chesney in the back one time with a knife.
On March 1, 2019, Jodie was with friends in Harold Hill, Romford when she crossed paths with a drug dealer who took a knife to her back.
Jodie was just weeks away from earning her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Award recognizes adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises.
Detective Chief Inspector David Whellams had this to say;
“The murder of the ‘girl next door’ Jodie shocked a nation. It could have been anybody’s daughter. She was a very nice girl, she had a small circle of friends, she did well at school, worked in the community.
Whellams said this about her attackers
“They have gone there purposefully to stab somebody and they have not cared who they stabbed. They stabbed a 17-year-old girl in the back for no reason.”
Jodie fell into the arms of boyfriend Eddie Coyle after she was knifed in the back, the court was told.
Jodie’s Families Reactions
Peter Chesney Jodie’s father said; “My daughter’s murder has destroyed my life”
“I have no idea how I am going to continue with my life or even come to terms with the loss.”
Lucy, Jodie’s sister wrote in a victim impact statement she was “dreading her life rather than looking forward to it.” “Jodie was not only my sister she was my best friend. Losing her is like losing half of myself.”
What do you think the cause for violence like this is IMUer’s please leave your comments below and let’s start the conversation. Our thoughts and prayers here at at IMU got out to Jodie’s surviving family.
(Images courtesy of daily mirror, video is courtesy of 5news and source BBC)