A lottery winner who left his wife mentally damaged after strangling her as he shouted “die, fucking die” has been jailed for 22 months.
EuroMillions UK winner Graeme Lacey was on Tuesday also banned from having any contact with his traumatised wife Monica for the next 20 years.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Lacey: “You assaulted your wife by, among other things, by pinning her to the ground, strangling her using both hands while shouting ‘die, fucking die.’
“She struggled to breath and believed she was going to die. You later the same day told her sister you had no regrets about what you had done,” Dundee Sheriff Court heard.
“Your wife is still carrying the trauma of what you did to her. She has clearly been mentally damaged by what you did. Only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”
Lacey, 55 and who was a member of a million pound winning syndicate in 2016, admitted carrying out the savage attack on his wife.
The court was told that Mrs Lacey had to fight her husband off and told police officers that she believed he was going to kill her.
The defendant admitted restricting his wife’s breathing and endangering her life during the domestic assault at their home in Backmuir of Liff on 23 June last year.
He admitted throwing a dog bowl at her, throwing trainers which hit her on the body, grabbing her and pushing her onto the floor and pinning her down.
Lacey, Kingoodie Houses, Invergowrie, admitted that he then straddled her before placing both hands around her neck until she was gasping for air and fighting for her life.
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, Sharon and Mark McInally.
“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 to the others.
“She followed soon after. As witness Lacey 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 – at her, with one of them 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**king die.’ She was pleading with the accused and trying to reason with him.”
As she fought for her life, Mrs Lacey said: “It’s me Graeme, it’s me. You’re hurting me. You’re going to kill me.” However, he carried on the attack.
“She said she felt like she was going to die. She was gasping for air while she was trying to get him off her,” Miss Irvine said.
“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 told the court that Mrs Lacey managed to escape for long enough to find a phone and call 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, Rory McInally, arrived at the house and spoke to Lacey, who told him: “I was half expecting you to be the police. I have no regrets for what I did.”
The court was told that others urged her to report the matter to police, but she refused and asked them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Miss Irvine said: “It was some months later that witness Lacey found the courage to report matters to the police.”
The victim reported having nightmares and struggling every day to deal with the emotional impact of the attack upon her by her husband.
Mrs Lacey, who works as a safety advisor at Dundee University, said her life had been destroyed by the attack and that she was still living in fear of her husband.
She ended the relationship after the attack.
Solicitor Gary McIlravey, defending, said engineer Lacey, who shared the EuroMillions UK jackpot with work colleagues, had been drinking too much and now felt remorse for what he had done.