Partner of £5.5m lottery winner pleads guilty to trying to murder her at family home

Stephen Gibbs, 45, initially denied attempting to kill Emma Brown, 49. Today, he was due to stand trial for attempted murder but he changed his plea to guilty at Cardiff Crown Court

The partner of a lottery winner who scooped £5.5 million has pleaded guilty to trying to murder her at their family home.

Stephen Gibbs, 45, initially denied attempting to kill Emma Brown, 49.

Today, he was due to stand trial for attempted murder but he changed his plea to guilty at Cardiff Crown Court, Wales Online reports.

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.

Ms Brown, 49, was discovered with injuries to her face, stomach and arms at the property in Barry, South Wales, at around 10pm on January 30.

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

A resident said: “The place was swarming with cops and paramedics.

“I counted 14 vehicles outside the property – and all hell was breaking loose.”

One of Ms Brown’s friends added: “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.”

Ms Brown and Gibbs do not have any children together and have been together since 2009, it is reported.

They are said to have bought the lakeside house in Barry three years ago after she won a life-changing jackpot.

Ms Brown quit her job after winning the huge sum around four years ago.