Jodie Chesney: Boy, 16, cries in court as he’s charged with murdering girl scout, 17

The boy, 16, is accused of murdering girl scout Jodie Chesney who was stabbed in a park in Harold Hill, near Romford

A 16-year-old boy cried as has appeared in court charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney.

Girl scout Jodie, 17, died after being stabbed in a park in Harold Hill, near Romford in East London on March 1.

The accused teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning and spoke only to confirm his name and age.

The teen sobbed through most of the hearing, wiping his tears with a tissue.

He did not indicate a plea and was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey tomorrow.

Chair of bench Greg Nottage said: “Hopefully you have heard everything that was said, I know you are looking very upset.

“This matter will be sent to the Central Criminal Court – tomorrow at 10am you will appear there.

In the mean time you will be remanded in custody in a youth detention centre.”

Detectives investigating Jodie’s murder have also charged a 20-year-old Romford man, Manuel Petrovic, with murder.

He was denied bail at the Old Bailey this morning and remanded in custody until a later date.

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.

An 18-year-old man from Romford remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

All four were arrested on Sunday and remain in custody pending ongoing enquiries.