Rebecca Deferia, 30, and dad Colin allegedly arranged for three hitmen to shoot Jonathan Catchpole, 38, at his Suffolk home for £12,500.
Ipswich Crown Court yesterday heard how one of the gang shouted “Rebecca wants you dead” just before Mr Catchpole was blasted in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun at point blank range.
He was left for dead – but survived the attack at his flat in Bury St Edmunds in August 2015 after surgeons removed 42 shotgun pellets from his chest.
“It is utterly inconceivable that she could be ignorant”
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said it was “the final act of an elaborate conspiracy or plan to murder Mr Catchpole” which was hatched by Deferia, her dad and the hitmen.
Colin Deferia, 60, and four other men were found guilty of conspiracy to murder last October.
The prosecution alleges mobile phone evidence also ties Rebecca Deferia to the murder plot.
But Deferia – of Red Lodge, Suffolk – denies a charge of conspiracy to murder.
Mr Jackson said Colin Deferia was a wealthy businessman with his own construction firm and his daughter was an only child who “appeared to want for nothing”.
Mr Catchpole told police he met Deferia on a blind date in 2008 and lived with her for three years in a house they rented from her parents.
But he said their relationship hit the rocks after they moved in with her parents at their farmhouse home.
The court heard Deferia dumped Mr Catchpole in June 2013 – then changed the locks on the home they shared so he couldn’t pick up his clothing and possessions.
Deferia and her dad then turned up at his workplace and dumped bin bags full of his clothes and shoes – which had been cut up with scissors – in the car park.
Colin Deferia allegedly shouted: “I am going to have you Catchpole – you better watch your back.
“I am going to rip your head off and cut your d*** off.”
The prosecution alleges Deferia was to blame when the brake cables on Mr Catchpole’s car were mysteriously cut.
Then three men turned up on his doorstep and blasted him in the chest.
Mr Jackson told the jury: “When you consider all of the evidence in this case, it was this defendant who was at the heart of this conspiracy.
“It is utterly inconceivable that she could be ignorant and not involved.
“You might think it utterly inconceivable that the other conspirators would have done what they did, had it not been for her express wishes.”
The trial continues
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