Euromillions winner Gillian Bayford admits threatening ex-boyfriend

Euromillions winner Gillian Bayford has walked free from court after admitting threatening her ex-boyfriend – a domestic abuse campaign worker.

Bayford pushed, shouted at and struggled with Gavin Innes on two occasions in October 2017.

But the mum-of-two had also been subjected to a horrific campaign of online abuse and false allegations to social work, her golf club and a children’s charity, Dundee Sheriff Court heard.

During the first incident, Mr Innes received a message from Bayford asking her to come to her house in the village of Auchterhouse, Angus.

Bayford then accused Mr Innes of handing over the care of her children – aged 11 and 13 – to one of her friend's sons, who was intoxicated.

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Gavin Burton, prosecuting, said: "Mr Innes sat on the stairs. He was asked to leave and the accused took hold of him and struggled with him."

On the second occasion, Mr Innes got into her 4×4 and they got into an argument about what had happened four days earlier.

Mr Burton said: "She then lent over, opened the vehicle door, and pushed him. She didn't push him out of the car. She simply pushed him."

Bayford was initially due to face trial accused of assaulting Gavin while they were dating.

But the court accepted her plea of guilty to the lesser charge of behaving threateningly and abusively towards him by struggling with him, shouting at him, and pushing him.

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Bayford’s lawyer Murdo MacLeod told the court: "The accused had heard that the complainer had said prior to meeting the accused that she was going to be his pension fund.”

“It’s clear a vendetta is being pursued against Mrs Bayford. False allegations have been made repeatedly both to the golf club where she’s a member and more disturbingly Angus Social Work department and the NSPCC.

“This resulted in parallel investigations which were both distressing and completely unfounded.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC told her: "I need to mark the fact that it is an offence to do this, and to push somebody, but given all that's been said in your favour I'm not going to impose any penalty on you – I am going to admonish you."

Bayford scooped nearly £150million with her former husband Adrian in August 2012.

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Following the lottery win, she separated from her husband in 2013 after nine years of marriage.

The former hospital cleaner, who had been living with Adrian in Haverhill, Suffolk, returned to her native Scotland with the couple's two children.

Bayford met Innes at school and started their relationship after he asked her to help with a charity he was starting for male victims of domestic abuse.

After splitting from Innes, Bayford married Brian Deans, 38, near St Andrews, in August 2018, six years to the day after landing her lottery jackpot.

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