A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of 17-year-old girl scout Jodie Chesney.
The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at a short hearing at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in east London on Monday.
Jodie had been playing music with friends at Harold Hill, Romford, when she was stabbed from behind on 1 March.
A post-mortem gave the cause of her death as trauma and haemorrhage.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, and the teenager are charged with her murder.
The 16-year-old stood in the dock wearing a grey Puma hoodie and wiped tears from his face as the charge was read out.
He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.
Chairing the bench, Greg Nottage, said: “I know you’re looking very upset but listen carefully, this matter will be sent to the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) tomorrow.”
Ahead of Petrovic’s first crown court appearance, ribbons in Jodie’s favourite colour purple were tied to trees and railings outside the magistrates court and the Old Bailey.
Petrovic appeared by video link from Pentonville prison and spoke only to confirm his name and that he is a Croatian national.
Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC set a three-week trial for 2 September and a plea hearing on 28 May.
Petrovic, of Romford, was remanded into custody.
An 18-year-old man from Romford is being held in police custody on suspicion of murder.
A 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham, east London, and a 17-year-old boy are also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.
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