A JEALOUS lover bombarded his ex with death threats before teaming up with his family to murder her new boyfriend, a court heard today.
Jay Sewell, 18, was allegedly stabbed by a nine-strong group including Daniel ‘Joe’ Grogan, 20, after Gemma Hodder started seeing the teenager.
Jurors heard Grogan sent Ms Hodder a flurry of messages in the days leading up to the killing in December last year in Lee, near Eltham, south London.
One warned: “I swear on everything he’s a dead man Gemma.”
Grogan had allegedly spread his “poison” to friends and members of his “close-knit family” who were “armed to the teeth” when they set about Mr Sewell.
The weapons they wielded included knives, baseball bats and a four-foot long fireman’s axe, the Old Bailey heard.
Between 12.37pm and 8.04pm on December 9 – two days before the killing – Grogan sent 45 unanswered texts to Ms Hodder’s phone.
One read: “I’ll put a bullet straight through his head on my niece’s life that’s a promise.”
Another added: “I’m gonna smash his house up and set it on fire and I’m gonna stab the s*** out him, I promise you on my niece’s life.”
Ms Hodder simply responded: “He’s not scared.”
The court also heard Grogan threatened Ms Hodder’s family, claiming: ”I’ll send 30 n****s through your front door you nerd”.
Jurors were told that the day before the killing, Grogan messaged Ms Hodder, saying: “I’m gonna stamp all over you you’re a fing little s man you wrong un’.
Half an hour later he sent her another message saying: “Watch when someone gets deaded off over this.”
Nine seconds later, he added: “And it will be Jay I promise you.”
On the day of the killing, Ms Hodder’s mum had warned her to stay away from Grogan.
She wrote: “I seriously don’t want you to have any contact with him at all. He is too unpredictable.”
Minutes later Grogan messaged Ms Hodder saying: “He will die or eat through a straw for 6 months.”
Grogan, along with parents Robert, 57, and Ann, 54, siblings Peter, 22, and Francesca, 29, cousin Liam Hickey, 19, a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named, Francesca’s boyfriend Jamie Bennett, 31 and another man, Charlie Dudley, 25, all deny Jay’s murder.
The trial continues.