The youngest winner of the British EuroMillions Championship was brought to court for the murder of a grandmother in a car accident last Christmas.
Matt Topham, who won £ 45 million when he was 23 years old, allegedly smashed his BMW in a 75-year-old Ford Fiesta Mary Jane Rigler.
Mrs. Regler’s husband, Rodney, 78, who was driving his car, was seriously injured after the accident at 5.50 pm near North Corrington, Lincolnshire.
The police interrogated and charged Topam, who was understood to be visiting his family in the area.
The millionaire, a former builder who owns a fleet from Aston Martins, spoke to confirm his identity and date of birth as shown via a video link at Lincoln Crown Court.
No charges have been brought against the defendant, and the judge adjourned the case until December 18. The trial is expected to begin in March.
Matt Tobham (pictured with Cassey Carrington), who won £ 45m when he was 23, smashed his BMW in a Ford Fiesta, 75-year-old Mary Jane Rigler
Police interrogated and accused Tuvam, who was visiting his family in the area
“The sudden death of the one you love is like being punched in the face,” Ms. Regler’s daughter-in-law wrote on Facebook after the death.
“It takes a while to properly record what actually happened before it starts to hurt properly.
“The bruises and permanent scars. Physically and psychologically it will be with you forever.”
Last week it emerged that Tobham had bought his mother-in-law a £ 600,000 petting zoo as an early Christmas present.
Mother-in-law Cassey now owns and operates a visitor site at Rushmoor Country Farm Park in Louth with his two daughters Jade, 27 and Alicia, 22.
Topham and Cassey have been busy cashing out since they got their fortune in February 2012.
The 31-year-old couple also used the top prize to fill the zoo with horses, pigs, dwarf goats, llamas and ducks.
And they had spare cash to buy a balcony center, to house hawks, falcons, barn owls and sea eagles.
Cassey’s mother, Jane runs the visitor site at Rushmoor Country Farm Park (pictured) in Louth, Lynx, with her two daughters Jade, 27 and Alicia, 22.
The Tophams splashed money on themselves but the sarcastic couple bought luxury cars, homes and vacations for family and friends too
A friend of mine said to Sun: ‘Looks like they’re hung up on being lottery millionaires – they know how to have some fun.
If his mother-in-law wants a zoo, why not buy it? He can afford it. It’s nice to see a couple win the lottery correctly for once.
Tobham was a painter and decorator, but since his victory he has trained as a helicopter pilot and racing driver.
The car lover won a race at the Donington GT Cup in his £ 240,000 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 last month.
It is one of the many cars that he owns, which includes the Jaguar XKR-S, Range Rover Evoque, Porsche and Aston Martin DB9.
After winning the EuroMillions title, the newlyweds, who lived in a former council home in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, said for £ 89,950 that they would buy a ‘dream home’.
The couple won the Grand Prix at EuroMillions eight years ago, when the then couple were living in a former council house worth £ 89,950 in Stapleford, Nottinghamshire
Neighbors described the house as “not very suitable for the area” and appeared to be a “group of turtles”
They bought a 1930s mansion for £ 1.2m – they planned to demolish it to make way for a new home, an eco-friendly eight bedroom £ 5million home called “Serenity”.
But their proposals, which included a soundproof cinema, a botanical garden and a swimming pool, surprised the neighbors, who accused them of “bad taste.”
Suggestions to the local authority at the time included four wings or “axles” covered with solar panels, a dramatic sweeping staircase inside and a garage for ten cars.
The vehicles will be hidden by a cascade of rainwater, which will flow from one pond in the center of the palace to a second pond below.
The couple also spent on luxury cars, homes, and vacations for family and friends.