Jodie Chesney: boy, 17, charged with murdering teenage girl in east London

Bonnie Christian
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Jodie Chesney: boy, 17, charged with murdering teenage girl in east London

A 17-year-old boy has become the fourth person to be charged with murdering a teenage girl in east London.

Jodie, 17, died after she was stabbed in the back while she listened to music with friends at Harold Hill, east London on March 1.

On Sunday detectives said a fourth person had been charged with murder and with possession of a prohibited weapon, a stun gun.

He was first arrested on March 10 and initially released under investigation.

People lay floral tributes near to where 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was killed (REUTERS)

The teenager is due to appear before the Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Police have already charged 20-year-old Manuel Petrovic, a 16-year-old and 19-year-old Svenson Ong-a-kwie with murder.

Family members father Peter, stepmother Joanne and sister Lucy of murdered teenager Jodie Chesney speaking at New Scotland Yard in London. (PA)

A trial date has been set for September 2 at the Old Bailey

Two other people arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender – a 50-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman – have been released under investigation.

Jodie's father Peter Chesney had described the teenager as a "proud geek" and a "great girl", adding: "The fibre of her being was just about being good, kind... there was nothing bad in her body."