Brit superbike champ Sean Emmett denies pushing his bride to her death from fourth-floor window of Dubai hotel

FORMER motorcycling champion Sean Emmett has denied pushing his new bride to death from a fourth-floor hotel window in Dubai.

Abigail Elson, 27, died after falling the window of the couple’s honeymoon suite at the Jumeirah Creekside hotel, less than a fortnight after they had tied the knot in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2013.

Emmett, 50, has always maintained that his wife, popularly known as Abbie was leaning out of the window looking for her wedding ring after dropping it.

He is said reported to have said he had “flipped out” by the accident.

Surrey coroner’s court, however, was told bruises on her thighs and a mark left by her leg on the floor of their suite were consistent with her being assaulted just moments before she died.

Alexandra Felix, the lawyer representing Abbie’s parents, Christopher and Carolyn Elson told the inquest that Emmett had initially told the British vice consul, Sam Hayes and Dubai police that Abbie had thrown her ring but later changed his story to squash any suggestion the couple had rowed before her death.

She is reported to have asked Emmett: “Are you now realising that your account does not really fit?

“Were you pushing her against the window? Is that how she got the bruises on the thighs?

“Were you forcing her to look for the ring she had thrown? Was she trying to resist you? You were much stronger than her, weren’t you?”

Emmett replied her questions saying: “Not at all. It slipped out of her hand as she was playing with it

“At no point was I angry or upset about it.”

The inquest was told about how their three-year relationship had seen several explosive rows and incidents of reported domestic violence.

Abbie is said to have complained to police, her family and friends on several occasions that she was regularly assaulted by Emmett and had been hospitalised as a result of some of her injuries.

Emmet said on the night of Abbie’s death, she had been loud and energetic, jumping on their bed and turning up the volume of a music channel, despite telling her to keep down the volume.

Both the former MotoGP rider and his new wife are said to have been drinking heavily for 12 hours and had consumed two bottles of wine and several beers throughout the day.

The inquest heard they both went to the hotel bar and drank six beers each within 45 minutes before returning to their room just before 1am on February 19, where they drunk a third bottle of wine.

Emmett denied claims he had been annoyed by her drunken behaviour when she spilled wine on their bed and lost her wedding ring.  

He also claimed he was not aware how Abbie’s leg print was left near the window.

Ms Felix, however, told him: You were being honest with Mr Hayes when you told him Abbie threw the ring.

“You realised throwing the ring was problematic in your account. There would have to be a reason.”

She said the reason Emmett had changed his account was because there was something “untoward” going on between the couple.

She added: “You have changed your account to ‘dropped’ because you knew that is better for an accident.”

Emmett had told police on the night that he had tussled with Abbie in order to prevent her from leaning out of the window, an account which was backed by a doctor’s report of bruises on his arm.

However, while giving evidence at the inquest he denied there ever being any physical contact between them before she fell to her death.

“There was no aggressive contact, no anger, no fights and no arguing,” he said.

He added that he was rather worried for Abbie’s safety.

Security guards at the hospital reportedly said they had seen her fall out of the window and saw Emmett standing at the window when they looked up.

Imtiaz Rehman, one of the security guards who attended the scene said Emmett had appeared to be “pretending to be crying”.

Another security guard is said to have said the former champion had not looked sad and had asked for a cigarette.

Emmett told the inquest he was unable to remember the sequence of events of the night saying: “I was in a state of shock. It was a living nightmare.

Emmett went out drinking on the night of his wife’s death after being questioned by police, according to the inquest.

He is said to have run up bills of £24,000 in the four months of being held on bail in Dubai in suspicion of Abbie’s murder.

During that time, he met his current wife, Lana Saoud.

He returned to the UK in December 2013 with Soud after police closed the investigations as a result of a lack of evidence.

Surrey police then arrested him, but he was cleared after three years without being charged.

In April 2016, he married Saoud, even though she had reported him to police for assaulting her and breaching a domestic violence protection order.

The inquest continues.


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