Mum ‘murdered by friend spent last moments pleading to be spared for child’s sake’


In a ‘harrowing’ 999 call played to jurors, Michelle Hibbert could be heard calmly describing her and her husband’s injuries to an operator – before becoming hysterical and shouting ‘No, no, no’

Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, and Michelle Caroline Hibbert, 29
Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, and Michelle Caroline Hibbert, 29, were attacked in their home

A young mum ‘savagely’ murdered alongside her husband by a friend spent her final moments pleading to be spared for her child’s sake, a court heard today.

In a ‘harrowing’ 999 call played to jurors, Michelle Hibbert could be heard calmly describing her and her husband’s injuries to an operator – before becoming hysterical and shouting, ‘No, no, no’.

She was then heard pleading with her attacker, saying: “I have got to look after [my child]por favor.”

Stanley Elliott is accused of stabbing friend Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, and his wife Michelle, 29, to death shortly after the couple returned from a night out.

He denies two counts of murder.

The court heard the Hibberts had gone out for drinks before allegedly rowing with their friend Elliott, 53, at their home in Basingstoke, Hants during the early hours.

He then allegedly ‘turned’ on them and stabbed them inside the property.

Prosecutors suggest the incident could have been linked with a defense statement written by Mr Hibbert which blamed Elliott for a £28,000 burglary they were both charged with earlier the same year.

The court heard the statement was found ‘torn up’ at the bottom of a bin at the house.

Winchester Crown Court, Hants, today heard a recording of the desperate emergency call made by a terrified Michelle Hibbert from Elliott’s mobile phone.

During the call, a disoriented Mrs Hibbert named Elliott as the person who had stabbed them, before being heard frantically pleading for her life with someone who entered the room.

At the beginning of the call Mrs Hibbert was heard breathing heavily, and telling police: “Somebody has stabbed me and stabbed my husband… I am in my house.”

She gives the operator her postcode, before adding: “You need to come straight away… My husband’s going to get killed.”

Upon being asked where she has been stabbed Mrs Hibbert responds: “In my stomach… My husband has been stabbed all over.

“I feel like I am going to faint.”

Mrs Hibbert is then asked if she is bleeding, but after answering ‘yes’ she becomes suddenly panicked and screams.

She says, ‘No, no, no, no’, before pleading with someone: “I have got to look after [my child]por favor.”

But her cries cease – though the call continues – and Mrs Hibbert is not heard again.

Minutes later, officers are heard arriving at the scene, shouting, “Police, anybody in there?”

The jury also viewed police-worn body camera footage of the moments officers raided the property
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Mr Hibbert was found slumped by a radiator, before wife Michelle was found laid on her back on a bed, with an officer saying: “There’s another one here.”

The jury also viewed police-worn body camera footage of the moments officers raided the property.

One officer entered the property shouting “show yourself” and holding a Taser gun in front of him.

The attack resulted in Mr Hibbert being stabbed 58 times in the neck and torso, and Mrs Hibbert having seven knife wounds to her neck, the court heard.

Explaining to the jury what could be heard during the call, prosecutor Sarah Jones QC said: “It is immediately obvious that Michelle Hibbert is very frightened, that she and her husband are in very serious danger.

“She remains remarkably calm. She says she needs police, someone has stabbed her and her husband.

“During her death throes Michelle Hibbert the operator asked who had [stabbed her]. Perhaps it was this interchange that had brought her attacker back to the room.

“Before she could be stopped she replied with the name of the man the Crown said murdered her: Stan Elliott.

“Michelle then begins to shout and scream and says, ‘No, no, no’. She says, ‘I have got to look after [my child]please’, in her dying throes, her last thoughts were to spare her child.

“She is not heard to speak again.”

Jurors heard police arrested Elliott, from Sherborne St John near Basingstoke, Hants, in the early hours of Sunday morning, and his flat was then searched and forensically examined by police.

In the statement found 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 last year.

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.

Elliott was also charged with the burglary, and the pair were due to stand trial at the end of last year.

It is alleged Elliott may have flown into a rage and murdered the Hibberts after learning they planned to ‘throw him under the bus’ regarding the case.

Elliott denies two counts of murder.

The trial continues.




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