Three men and a woman from Manchester have been jailed for life after a doting dad was hunted down and battered to death with a metal bar.
Warren Glover, 33, was found unconscious on a street and died three weeks later in hospital.
Mr Glover's family spoke of their grief and loss as brother and sister Aaron and Melissa Stubbs received life sentences at Liverpool Crown Court.
Both were convicted of 'joint enterprise' murder last week, together with their friend, Stephen Strutt, and Strutt's brother-in-law, Peter Walker.
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Mr Glover had been in 'a short intense relationship' with Melissa Stubbs but they separated in November 2019, the court heard.
Warren Glover, 33, was found unconscious on a street and died three weeks later in hospital after he was battered to death with a metal bar
Mr Glover, it was said, started dating another woman at the start of 2020 but text messages showed he and Melissa Stubbs were talking about getting back together and had arranged to meet on June 12 last year, before she started to suspect he was seeing someone else.
By June 13 they had fallen out, a judge was told.
Tania Griffiths, QC, prosecuting, said: 'Warren Glover started to send nasty and abusive texts to Melissa and her parents, Frank and Gail. But worst of all they were about her son.'
It led to Aaron and Melissa Stubbs telling Mr Glover they were coming to 'smack his head in'.
The siblings, together with Strutt and Walker, drove to St Helens, in a Kia car after arming themselves with weapons.
The court heard that before they arrived, Mr Glover 'armed himself with a lump hammer', went into the street and 'swung the hammer and damaged the car'.
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Brother and sister Aaron and Melissa Stubbs (pictured) received life sentences at Liverpool Crown Court
Judge Denis Watson QC, sentencing on Friday, ruled they didn't intend to kill Mr Glover while driving from Manchester, but did intend to cause him grievous bodily harm.