Girl, 17, ‘murdered in drug turf war’

Image caption Jodie Chesney was fatally criticized in a ballpark near Romford, east London

A 17 -year-old girl was killed in a “terrible and cowardly” stabbing during a drug turf war, a court has heard.

Jodie Chesney was pierced in the back while playing music and smoking cannabis with friends in a common in Harold Hill, east London, on 1 March.

She may not have been the intended target of the attack, the prosecution told the Old Bailey jury.

Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, both from Romford, and two boys, aged 16 and 17, deny murder.

The jury was told two beings came out of the dark in the park and the taller of them swung his right arm at Jodie’s back.