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TWO teenagers have received life sentences for the ‘brutal and unprovoked’ murder of 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in Harold Hill earlier this year.
The talented pianist was stabbed in the back in Amy’s Park, St Neots Road, on March 1.
Several of Jodie’s relatives gave victim impact statements as part of the sentencing process.
Her father Peter said: “The murder of my beloved daughter has destroyed my life and the full extent as to how this has affected my family cannot possibly be explained simply in words.
“I have no idea how I am going to continue with my life or even come to terms with the loss.”
Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, of Hillfoot Road in Collier Road was today given a life sentence with a minimum term of 26 years.
Aaron Isaacs, 17, of Westrow Drive in Barking, who can now be named after reporting restrictions were lifted was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 18 years.
Both were convicted by a jury earlier this month following an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey.
The trial heard that on March 1, Jodie finished college for the afternoon and went home to Dagenham to walk her dog.
She and her boyfriend then met up with some close friends at Romford railway station and went to Amy’s Park, where they sat on a bench table, talking and listening to music.
Ong-a-Kwie and Issacs entered the park and Jodie was stabbed once in the back. The two teens then fled in a black Vauxhall Corsa.
No motive for the killing has ever been uncovered.
In a victim impact statement, Jodie’s sister Lucy said: “I am only 20 already I am dreading my life rather than looking forward to it. Jodie was not only my sister – she was my best friend. Losing her is like losing half of myself… She gave me a type of love I will never feel again.
“I am anxious about everything: leaving the house, staying in the house, meeting people. If someone as good as Jodie could be murdered, it could happen to anyone – and I spend every where I go looking over my shoulder because of it.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, commander for the East Area Borough Command Unit, said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies remain with Jodie’s family as sentencing is today passed down to the two people responsible for her murder.
“It has almost been nine months since Jodie was killed in Harold Hill, and nothing could ever have justified the extinguishing of her young life.
“Havering, like many boroughs across London, has experienced the tragic and inexcusable loss of young life as a result of knife-related violence.
“This is why bearing down on violent crime on the streets of our capital continues to be the Met’s top priority. We will continue to work tirelessly – day and night – to identify and pursue offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe.
“We all have our part to play in tackling violent crime and our communities are key to this. My message to anyone who may have information about crime or those who carry a weapon or, through exploiting people, put young people’s lives at risk is simple: have the trust and confidence to tell us and please don’t be a bystander.”