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Danny Gough, 24, was allegedly butchered with an ax and a machete by three masked men in front of his pregnant fiancée, Kareena Modashia, (both pictured here) as part of an ongoing vicious feud.
A British father-to-be was hacked to death in front of his pregnant fiancee after his alleged attackers tracked the man’s whereabouts using Facebook, prosecutors said during closing arguments in a trial for two of the three men accused in the December 2010 murder.
The hacking death of Danny Gough, 24, was the culmination of an “increasingly violent” and “escalating feud” after a friend of Gough’s said one of the alleged killers, Sam Monteith, wore “wacky” pants one night at a bar, the Croydon Advertiser reports.
The simmering confrontation quickly escalated from a war of words to extreme violence. Six weeks before his violent death, Gough was reportedly one of a gang of men who sprayed Monteith, 32, in the eyes with ammonia and left him with a large gash across his face after a stabbing.
Monteith, along with accused killers Stephen Dougherty, 35, and Paul West, 29, sought revenge, prosecutors said, and used Facebook to learn when Gough would be back in his hometown of Croydon, the Telegraph reported.
“Had a great weekend, coming home,” Gough wrote on Facebook only one day before the fatal attack.
Other evidence shows the three accused murderers stalked Gough to study his movements just days prior to the attack, prosecutors said.
Then, in the early-morning hours, the three suspects gathered outside the man’s home and yelled “police” before barging in, police said, according to the Advertiser.
The men allegedly yanked a naked Gough out of bed and stabbed and hacked him to death using a machete, ax and even a sword as his terrified, pregnant fiancee Kareena Modashia looked on.
“They left only when one of them said, ‘He’s dead,’” prosecutor Mark Heywood told the court.” … They left only one thing behind by mistake, it was dropped in the final moments when other members of the house heard and were awoken — it was a Jiff lemon bottle filled with ammonia. It was used to spray into the eyes of the deceased so that, although he was sleeping and naked, he was unable to defend himself. They also sprayed the others, his girlfriend and her mother so that it disabled them from identifying the attackers.”
The feud started after Gough’s friend said Monteith wore “wacky” pants during a night out at a bar in June 2010.
Now Doughtery and West stand trial in the murder of Gough, while Monteith has been declared “unfit” for trial and has yet to appear.
“Above all there was one very obvious conclusion,” Heywood told the court. “This was a revenge attack of a particular kind, intended to be a statement.”