Two teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in a park in East London.
The schoolgirl was attacked while socialising with a group of friends in Amy’s Park, Romford, in March.
She was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.
A few days after the attack, a man was arrested in Leicester in connection with the death of Jodie and was taken to London as part of the investigation.
Today at the Old Bailey, Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been convicted of her murder.
The jury spent less than six hours deliberating their verdicts on the defendants. Jodie’s family shouted “yes” as the first verdict was returned.
The trial heard Jodie was unlikely to have been the intended target of what is thought to have been a drug dispute.
The pair blamed each other for the stabbing, while Ong-a-Kwie admitted burning his clothes with a cigarette lighter.
Jurors heard Jodie had her back to her attackers and the knife almost passed through her body.
After being stabbed the teenager screamed and fell into the arms of her boyfriend Eddie Coyle, the court was told.
Jodie’s family told reporters that Jodie was attacked despite not “doing anything wrong” and they have been unable to come to terms with her death.
Det Inspector Dave Whellams said the murder of Jodie had “shocked a nation”.
He added: “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.”
“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.”