Jodie Chesney killer ‘banged out the wrong person ‘in revenge stabbing’

Jodie Chesney was stabbed in the back by mistake after her killer "rid out on the wrong people", a court heard.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, is one of four jointly accused over the death of 17-year-old girl scout Jodie on March 1.

While on remand over the killing, Petrovic protested his innocence, claiming he was only asked to drive to Harold Hill, where the killing took place, and was not told why.

During a secretly recorded prison visit by two female friends on May 24, he said: "I'm going to say I'm a drug dealer, I broke the law with my driving and s***.

“I’m not into murder. I ain't going to go guilty for something I have not done. I'm no murderer."

During a second visit on August 3, Petrovic allegedly told a pal Jodie was stabbed after his co-defendant Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was "cheffed" [knifed].

According to the transcript read out in the Old Bailey, Petrovic said: "They went to bang out [attack] on their ops [rivals] and banged out the wrong people."

Asked how he knew that, Petrovic replied: "Because I know that … It was to do with Svenson's op – they cheffed him up a couple of month or something, a couple of months before.

"Someone give him the drop, he went to ride out and rid out on the wrong people in the park and they thought it was them because they chill in that area.

"That's why she got it from behind."

Asked where the tip-off came from, Petrovic replied: "They got their drop their self bruv.

“Because they were in a cab in Harold Hill when they text me saying 'ring me, ring me asap, need to come and see you asap'."

During the conversations in prison, Petrovic also talked of his hope to "bust the case".

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His friend told him he should "take this opportunity" if he got off the charge and take a "nine to five job".

Jurors were told of an incident before Jodie's death in which Ong-a-Kwie was found with a makeshift bandage around his left thigh.

The defendant was said to have been vague about it, saying: "Basically, this is what happened.

“They pulled up here in a car, jumped out and stabbed me in the leg."

Petrovic, of Collier Row, east London, Ong-a-Kwie, of Romford, a 17-year-old and 16-year-old, both from east London, who cannot be named, deny her murder.

The trial continues.

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