Partner of £5.5m Lottery winner admits trying to murder her at £700k home

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A man has admitted trying to murder his partner who scooped £5.5 million on the National Lottery.

Stephen Gibbs, 45, had initially denied attempting to kill Emma Brown on January 30 of this year at Lakeside, Barry, Wales.

Gibbs changed his plea to guilty after appearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday, Wales Online reports.

Ms Brown was stabbed in the face during the attack at their £700,000 detached cottage home during lockdown. The victim scooped the huge sum around four years ago and quit her job to move into the detached cottage.

Solicitor-Advocate Derrick Gooden, for Gibbs, asked for sentencing to be adjourned.

Addressing the defendant, 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 remanded in custody to appear for sentencing at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on October 8. A three day trial had been set to begin today.

Ms Brown, 49, required surgery following the attack. She had been a deputy manager working for aircraft handling firm Servisair before quitting after her huge win.

Friends and neighbours said they saw her being carried on a stretcher into an ambulance after the incident.

One of Ms Brown's friends said: "Emma is a really popular girl and has lots of friends. She has been a barmaid in plenty of pubs and is a very friendly person, she is a normal, outgoing, everyday sort of human.”

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

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