Euromillions winner throttled wife and screamed ‘die, f***ing die’ after night out

Euromillions winner throttled wife and screamed ‘die, f***ing die’ after night out

 

A lottery winner throttled his petrified wife and screamed “die, f*****g die” as she begged him to stop during a savage attack after a night out.

Engineer Graeme Lacey – who won a slice of a £1 million EuroMillions scoop in 2016 – hurled a dog bowl and trainers at partner Monica before pinning her on the ground.

Gasping for air and fearing she would die, the university employee pleaded: “It’s me, Graeme, it’s me. You’re hurting me. You’re going to kill me.”

However, the attack continued and when a family member came to the house to help Monica, Lacey said he had “no regrets”, reports the Daily Record.

Lacey was a member of a winning syndicate at MJVentilation in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, where he worked.

The group won the massive prize just before Christmas 2016, with Lacey posing in a Santa hat to toast his win.

But now he has been locked up to await sentence after he admitted carrying out the savage attack on his wife, putting her life in danger.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Monica told police she believed he was going to kill her.

The court was told that, as he tried to strangle her, he screamed at her: “Die, f*****g die.”

The 55-year-old admitted restricting his wife’s breathing and endangering her life at their home in Backmuir of Liff, Angus, on June 23 last year.

Lacey, of Invergowrie, also admitted throwing a dog bowl at her, throwing trainers which hit her on the body, grabbing her and pushing her to the floor and pinning her down.

Fiscal depute Marie Irvine told the court: “He was married to Monica Lacey in 2003 and they separated in June 2019.

“On the day in question they had been at a social club with her sister and brother-in-law.

“There seemed to be no issues and they all left in a taxi at 1am. The accused got out of the taxi without saying goodbye.

“She followed soon after. As his wife walked into the living room, the accused started shouting and calling her names.

“She told him to shut up and ignored him. He picked up a dog bowl and threw it at her but it missed and struck the wall.

“He then picked up a pair of trainers and threw both – one after the other – with one striking her on the back.

“She began arguing with the accused, who came right up to her face in an intimidating manner.

“She told the accused she wasn’t scared of him, which resulted in him grabbing her and throwing her to the floor.

“He began to strangle her and was saying, ‘Die, f*****g die.’ She was pleading with the accused and trying to reason with him.”

The prosecutor added: “She said she felt like she was going to die. She was gasping for air while she was trying to get him off her.

“She is not sure if she passed out or if she managed to kick him but somehow she managed to get him off her.”

Miss Irvine said Monica managed to escape and called her sister for help.

“She sneaked back through the house without seeing the accused. She noticed there was blood all over the kitchen and utility room.

“She knew it wasn’t her blood. She took photographs and left.”

Her nephew arrived and Lacey told him: “I was half expecting you to be the police. I have no regrets for what I did.”

Miss Irvine said: “It was some months later that witness Lacey found the courage to report matters to the police.”

Monica reported having nightmares and struggling to deal with the emotional impact of the attack.

Monica, a safety adviser at Dundee University, said her life had been destroyed by the attack and she was still living in fear of her husband.

She ended the relationship after the attack.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael remanded Lacey in custody for reports.

After Lacey and his workmates won the EuroMillions UK Millionaire Maker draw, leader Darren Graham said it would change their lives, with each member pocketing £62,000.

Darren said: “As soon as I saw the matching UK Millionaire Maker code, I realised and it suddenly hit me – we’d just won £1million.

“I told the rest of the syndicate members at work on the Monday and that’s really when it sank in.

“Their reactions were so different, from jumping up and down while screaming, to complete and utter disbelief.”

He added: “As a group, this is going to be a pretty spectacular Christmas and new year.”

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