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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.