Husband, 45, admits to trying to kill his lotto-winning wife at their £700k home three years after she won £5.5m jackpot

A HUSBAND has admitted trying to kill his lotto-winning wife at their £700,000 home three years after she won the £5.5million jackpot.

Stephen Gibbs, 45, initially denied the attempted murder of partner Emma Brown, 49, at their luxury home during lockdown but changed his plea to guilty.


Emma scooped the huge sum around three years ago and quit her job to move into the detached cottage.

She required surgery following the alleged knife attack at her plush home in Lakeside, Barry, South Wales, and police arrived at around 10pm on Saturday, January 30.

Flooring worker Gibbs, whose address was given as the home he shared with Emma, today appeared at Cardiff Crown Court.

An earlier hearing heard there had allegedly been previous violence between the couple.

Judge Richard Twomlow said: "You have now pleaded guilty to the offence of attempted murder, a serious offence.

"I ask for a pre sentence report and I am told there's a psychiatric report. You face a lengthy prison sentence, you must be aware of that."

Gibbs was told he will be sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court next month.

The couple had been together for 11 years and previously owned a home in another part of Barry, which they rented out after Emma scooped her win.

Emma had been a deputy manager working for aircraft handling firm Servisair.


How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
  • Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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