A jealous lover bombarded his ex-girlfriend with death threats before teaming up with his family to murder her new boyfriend, a court heard today.
Jay Sewell, 18, was fatally stabbed by a nine-strong group including Daniel 'Joe' Grogan, 20, after Gemma Hodder started seeing the teenager, the Old Bailey heard.
Grogan had allegedly spread his 'poison' to friends and members of his 'close-knit family' who set about Mr Sewell in Lee, South East London, on December 11 last year.
Jay Sewell (left), 18, was fatally stabbed by a nine-strong group after Gemma Hodder (right, pictured outside the Old Bailey on June 24) started seeing the teenager, the court heard
They were 'armed to the teeth' and the weapons they wielded included knives, baseball bats and a four-foot long fireman's axe, the court in London has heard.
Grogan, with parents Robert, 57, and Ann, 54, siblings Francesca, 29, and Peter, 22, cousin Liam Hickey, 19, a 16-year-old boy who can't be named, Francesca's boyfriend Jamie Bennett, 31 and another man, Charlie Dudley, 25, all deny Mr Sewell's murder.
A mocked up image shows messages the court heard were sent in the days before the killing from Daniel Grogan to Ms Hodder
Jurors heard Daniel Grogan sent Ms Hodder a flurry of messages in the days leading up to the killing, warning: 'I swear on everything he's a dead man Gemma'.
Between 12.37pm and 8.04pm on December 9, Grogan sent 45 unanswered texts to Ms Hodder's phone.