“Murder? I ain’t done a murder”
Aylett continues: “At around 7.25pm that same Sunday, police officers went to [an address] in Dagenham.
“After knocking a number of times, inside the house the police found the homeowner, a woman, and a man. The police officers became aware of a commotion coming from the back of the house. One officer shouted out, “Around the back!”
“D.S. Bird went through the house and into the kitchen to get to the back garden. From the kitchen, a door leads onto a lean-to. D.S. Bird could hear shouting coming from colleagues who had gone to the back of the house. At this point, the roof of the lean-to gave way and Ong-a-Kwie, who had climbed out of a first floor window, fell through the roof.
“P.C. Summerson arrested Svenson Ong-a-Kwie for the murder of Jodie Chesney. To which Ong-a-Kwie replied, “Murder? I ain’t done a murder.”
“As it happens, someone else had escaped from the first floor window and into the back garden: the fourth defendant, D4. He made it as far as the roof of a garage at the bottom of the garden. The police talked him down and he, too, was arrested.
“The following morning (Monday), Ong-a-Kwie was interviewed under caution at Freshwharf Custody Suite in Barking in the presence of a solicitor. The first interview took place that morning. At the start of the interview, Ong-a-Kwie’s solicitor said, “Svenson’s going to be answering no comment to all questions.”
“Ong-a-Kwie was then asked about his movements on March 1 and what he knew about the murder of Jodie Chesney. He was asked if he knew Petrovic and/or D2. He was asked if he had ever been in Petrovic’s black Vauxhall Corsa. He was asked who the fourth person had been. As indicated in advance by his solicitor, Ong-a- Kwie made no comment to all the questions he was asked.
“Later that day, Ong-a-Kwie was interviewed in the afternoon. D.C. Carter asked Ong-a-Kwie if he was one of the two males who had got out of the Vauxhall Corsa and gone into the playground. Ong-a-Kwie continued to make no comment to the questions he was asked.”
The following day, (Tuesday, March 12), Ong-a-Kwie was interviewed again
“Ong-a-Kwie was asked about the telephone number ending 9982,” Aylett tells the court, “He was asked about the contact between that number and telephones referable to Manuel Petrovic. He was asked about the fact that the 9982 telephone had been picked up by a mast on the A12 at 9.13pm. Ong-a-Kwie made no comment to any of the questions that were put to him.
“A fourth interview took place that Tuesday evening. Ong-a-Kwie was asked if he had ever been in Petrovic’s black Vauxhall Corsa. Ong-a-Kwie continued to make no comment.
“Svenson Ong-a-Kwie was then charged with the murder of Jodie Chesney.”