Babysitter killed couple after finding they ‘planned to blame him for £28k bingo raid’


During Stanley Elliot’s four-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, prosecutors suggested the attack could have been linked to a statement regarding a burglary that was written by one of the victims

Stanley Elliott was jailed today for the deaths of Michelle and Geoffrey Hibbert

A babysitter murdered a mum and dad while their baby slept after the couple “planned to throw him under the bus for a £28,000 bingo hall burglary”.

Stanley Elliot, 53, and Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, were both charged with the burglary.

Today, Elliot was jailed for life for the frenzied stabbing that killed Geoffrey and his wife Michelle, 29.

He was found guilty following a four-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, Hants, earlier this month.

During the trial, prosecutors suggested the attack could have been linked with a defense statement written by Mr Hibbert which blamed Elliott for a burglary they were both charged with in early 2020.







The couple had returned from a night out after leaving Elliot to babysit
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The couple’s two-year-old boy has been left orphaned
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Elliott was on bail for the offense at the time of the Hibberts’ attack.

In the statement found torn up in a bin at the property, Mr Hibbert claimed he had loaned Elliott a mobile phone found at the scene of a bingo hall burglary in January 2020.

More than £28,000 was stolen during the raid on Buzz Bingo in Basingstoke, Hants., and Mr Hibbert was charged after his phone was found.







Prosectors suggested the couple were preparing to throw Elliot under the bus over a £28,000 bingo hall burglary
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It was suggested Elliott, who has two children of his own, may have flown into a rage and murdered the Hibberts after learning they planned to ‘throw him under the bus’ regarding the case.

Mr Justice Garnham said: “It seems likely you argued with Geoff, probably about who should take the blame for the burglary of the bingo.”

During his four week trial, the court heard the Hibberts had gone out for drinks and asked Elliott to babysit their young boy at their semi-detached bungalow in Basingstoke, Hants.







Police at the scene of the frenzied attack in Basingstoke
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But following an argument between Elliott and the couple when they returned in the early hours, he ‘turned’ on them and stabbed them as the youngster slept in the next room.

Elliott, from the village of Sherborne St John near Basingstoke, Hants, had been ‘trusted’ to ‘babysit’ the couple’s young son on June 19, 2021.

He fled the property on his motorcycle before the arrival of the police but was arrested at his home having disposed of clothing that would have ‘undoubtedly forensically linked him to the attacks’, according to prosecutors.







The court heard Mr Hibbert was stabbed 58 times in the neck and torso and Mrs Hibbert seven times
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In the ‘dreadful’ attack, Elliott, who had been babysitting their son, stabbed Mr Hibbert 58 times in the neck and torso and Mrs Hibbert seven times.

He slit her throat as she made a desperate 999 call.

The Honorable Justice Neil Garnham jailed Elliott for 34 years, telling him: “This was a prolonged, angry and frenzied knife attack by you on two defenceless people that caused them both great pain and led, eventually, to their deaths.







The court heard how Elliot slit Mrs Hibbert’s throat as she made a desperate 999 call
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“This must have been the most dreadful and terrifying of deaths for Geoffrey and Michelle. They each knew that you were stabbing their spouse.

“They must have endured significant mental and physical pain and suffering before they died.

“You were a guest as [the son’s] babysitter and you abused that status in the most egregious of ways.

“The effect of your murderous behavior has been to leave that child and orphan to be brought up in care.

“You are going to be in your 80s by the time you are able to apply for parole. You will serve a minimum of 34 years.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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