Following a late start today at the Old Bailey, Jodie Chesney’s killers were both sentenced to life imprisonment.
Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was sentenced to life and must serve a minimum of 26 years in prison. Arron Isaacs, 17 year old was also sentenced to life and to serve 18 years in prison.
The start was delayed until 1.45pm due to a prison van having to come from Belmarsh prison in south east London to Feltham Young Offenders to collect Arron Isaacs.
Some of Jodie’s family were seated in court, however, Peter Chesney Jodie’s father was not present.
Closing statements were made by both the prosecution who read out Chesney family statements whilst defence barristers pleaded the case on behalf of the two found guilty of Jodie’s murder.
Presiding Judge Wendy Joseph said:
“I have to make my mind up as to who drove the knife all the way through Jodie.
“What could possibly have been in their mind apart from to kill?”
Prosecuting Barrister Crispin Aylett QC talking about Svenson Ong-a-Kwie said:
“The defendant was a professional drug dealer operating in a background of violence.
“The nature of the attack was an ambush and the victim was entirely blameless”.
In summarising her sentencing Judge Wendy Joseph said :
“Facts have emerged that Svenson Ong-a-kwie was a well established drug dealer in Harold Hill and Collier Row areas of east London dealing in cannabis and cocaine.
“The 17 year old was his young associate and close companion.”
She added :
“I reject that Svenson went back to his hostel to pick up two small bags of cannabis.
“One of you plunged a knife into Jodie’s back.
“Jodie screamed until she could scream no more. Svenson burnt his clothes that night and the teenager did too”.
In summing up the Judge Wendy Joseph said she was ‘satisfied’ that Svenson Ong-a-kwie was Jodie’s stabber and that the attack was ‘planned’ and that the pair mistook their target.
She paid tribute to Jodi describing her as a ‘warm and loving girl who could have given so much to so many’ and added:
“All of that was taken away by callous and casual violence.
“Those present at the scene will have to live with that for a very long time.
“Above all, those who loved Jodie, will never get over her death.
“‘There are no words’ is what her father said.
“Jodie is dead forever and I sympathise with the members of her family who have sat through this trial where the defendants have shifted the blame between them both and have shown no remorse.”