A MAN accused of stabbing 17-year-old Jodie Chesney to death in a park has been pictured for the first time – as a schoolboy wept in court today charged with her murder.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, will stand trial in Autumn after girl scout Jodie tragically died when she was knifed in the back near a children’s play area in Harold Hill, east London.
Croatian national Petrovic today appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey to confirm his nationality and identity.
He was remanded in custody with a three-week trial set for September 2 and a plea hearing on May 28.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy, who can’t be named, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
He wept throughout most of the hearing and was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow at 10am.
Cops have made an additional four arrests following the death of Jodie after Petrovic, 20, was held in Leicester on Tuesday.
An 18-year-old man from Romford remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
A 50-year-old man and 38-year-old woman, both from Dagenham and a 17-year-old male have all been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Jodie, 17, was stabbed near in Harold Hill, Romford, east London, on Friday March 1.
She was sitting with her boyfriend and four other pals when she was stabbed once in the back.
Paramedics and neighbours battled to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene around an hour later.
Hundreds took to the streets of Romford on Thursday night to pay tribute to Jodie.
The emotional march – which saw grieving friends, relatives and supporters wear purple – came after Jodie’s distraught dad opened up about his anguish.
Appealing for information, tearful Peter Chesney said: “Someone knows who did this. Just do the right thing.”
Jodie’s death has added to growing calls for action to be taken to tackle soaring knife crime across the UK.
Anyone with information should call the HMCC Incident Room on 020 8345 3775, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.