17 year old murdered after assaulter mistakes her for someone else.
Case of mistaken identity;
Ong-a-Kwie, a drug dealer and a 17-year-old boy whose identity has not been revealed, also he is now convicted. The unnamed man cannot be named for legal purposes. The pair is convicted for the murder of 17-year-old. The killings took place at Old Bailey on Thursday.
The jurors were made aware that Ong-a-Kwie was the knifeman. He reportedly stabbed Jodie in the back. However, he claims that he did it mistakenly. He was under the assumption that Jodie was a rival gang member.
The 17-year-old had been stabbed in a park in Romford, east London, on March 1.
The court was told that Ong-a-Kwie wanted to knife a rival gang member. He had the intent of revenge. The opposing gang had stabbed Ong-a-Kwie weeks earlier. However, in the darkness, he lunged at Jodie and stabbed her. This was a case of mistaken identity.
Overheard on the police radio;
The dad of the murdered teen subsequently received the information. He found out the news in the harshest way. He heard it on the police radio.
Officers had collected Jodie’s father, Peter Chesney, 39, from a pub. He had been celebrating his birthday at the pub, unaware of the tragedy.
Chesney discovered the news of the demise of his daughter thoughtlessly. He was being rushed to the hospital to his daughter in a police van. That was when he heard a police officer’s radio crackle to life and heard an operator say the following words, “Jodie’s gone.”
The father sank to his knees on hearing about his daughter’s untimely death.
Peter has told news sources that: “At first I didn’t take in the enormity of it. The human body protects you to a degree in those situations from some of the grief you later feel. That’s how I heard my daughter had died — on a police radio. I’m not blaming them, though.”
Jodie lived in Dagenham, east London. She was a self-taught pianist who was just three weeks from completing her gold Duke of Edinburgh award.
She may now be awarded posthumously. Jodie’s killers are set to be sentenced on November 18.