'SAS: Who Dares Wins' Contestant 'Kept Going For Kids' After His Wife Was Killed
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Dad-of-two Danny Cross bravely opened up about the death of his wife Nicola on SAS: Who Dares Wins last night, revealing how he 'heard everything'.
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Presenters Jason Fox and Ant Middleton were left speechless as Danny shared his harrowing story on the show, which sees people through a gruelling recreation of the selection process for the SAS.
Danny explained how his wife was killed by a man while he was working away in Hull. The intruder, Marcin Porczynski - then 27 - broke in to the family's home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, with the intention of kidnapping their two young children.
"It was late one night," Danny said. "I was working away from home and my wife called me to say she was worried about a man that had been hanging around outside the house.
"She was on the phone to me when the man broke in through the back door. A schizophrenic. He had a knife, and he picked up another knife from the knife block and killed her.
"I was on the phone to Nikki and heard everything.
"I heard children crying at the other end of the phone. I could hear Isabella trying to wake mummy up, saying 'wake up, wake up'.
"A few minutes later I heard the police arriving and I had to cut the line then. I couldn't listen to any more."
Porczynski pleaded guilty to Nikki's manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, and was ordered to be detained in a secure psychiatric unit indefinitely.
Viewers were left in tears as Danny shared his tragic story, with many praising him for showing so much strength in the face of such adversity.
The amount of admiration i have for this man holds no bounds. To be able to carry on after such an ordeal is truely amazing. Danny cross you are a true hero. #SASWhoDaresWins
- Nathan Sweett (@nsweett27) January 15, 2018
Absolutely hats off to this geezer on SAS who dares wins #SASWhoDaresWins
- James Glover (@JamesGlover61) January 14, 2018
Woah to this guy.....all the respect.#SASWhoDaresWins pic.twitter.com/QuoULtUU2C
- Joshua Chapman (@Chaperman) January 14, 2018
Danny said that the tragedy has helped strengthen him as a person, and that he has had to tap into an 'inner power' to deal with things.
"I could have crumbled in that situation," Danny told Jason and Ant. "I just had to keep going for the kids. I think that without them I would be in a very different place, I'm sure of it.
"Even though they miss mummy, they are happy kids.
"It gives you an inner power to know that you can cope and you can deal with things. Not a lot fazes me now."