First photo of man, 20, charged with Jodie Chesney’s murder

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First photo of man, 20, charged with Jodie Chesney’s murder

A 20-year-old man charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney has been pictured for the first time.

Manuel Petrovic, of Highfield Road, Romford, appeared at the Old Bailey today via a video link from Pentonville prison.

He spoke only to confirm his name and Croatian nationality.

METROGRAB Manuel Petrovic is accused of murdering a 17-year-old Jode Chesney at a park in Harold Hill, Romford.

Manuel Petrovic is accused of murdering 17-year-old Jode Chesney

Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in Harold Hill, east London on Friday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday March 3, 2019. See PA story POLICE Stabbing. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The teenager had been sitting on a bench with her friends and boyfriend (Picture: PA)

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC set a three-week trial for September 2 and a plea hearing on May 28 and Petrovic was remanded into custody.

In the first image of him published, he can be seen sitting in Nandos in a grey adidas hoodie with a slight cut by his right eye.

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Jodie, 17, was stabbed in a park on Harold Hill, in Romford, on March 1, in what police called an ‘unprovoked attack’.

She had been playing music with her friends and boyfriend when two men approached them and knifed her from behind.

A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as trauma and haemorrhage.

Artists impression of Manuel Petrovic appearing at the Old Bailey, London, this morning. March 11, 2019. See NATIONAL story NNMURDER. A man accused of murdering a 17-year-old girl in a park has been remanded in custody ahead of a plea hearing. Jodie Chesney was walking with her friends and boyfriend on the evening of Friday, March 1, in Amy's Park in Harold Hill when she was attacked near a play area. The teenager, described by family as a

He appeared in court today (Picture: Julia Quenzler / SWNS)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/REX (10146302g) Purple ribbons and bows in memory of Jodie Chesney Jodie Chesney murder tributes, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, UK - 07 Mar 2019

Jodie’s loved ones tied ribbons outside the Old Bailey (Picture: Rex Features)

Jodie’s loved ones tied purple ribbons to trees and railings outside court as Petrovic appeared.

A 16-year-old boy also appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court charged with her murder.

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The suspect, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared for a short hearing and wiped tears from his face as the charge was read out.

He was described as wearing a Puma hoodie and was flanked by three members of security staff.

The teenager spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/REX (10146302m) A floral tribute in memory of Jodie Chesney Jodie Chesney murder tributes, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex, UK - 07 Mar 2019

Police called the murder an ‘unprovoked attack’ (Picture: Rex Features)

An 18-year-old man from Romford is being held in police custody on suspicion of murder.

A 50-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham, east London, and a 17-year-old boy, were also being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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