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Murder suspect was having affair, court told
4:36pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A MURDER suspect accused of killing his wife by pushing her down the stairs was having an affair at the time of her death, a court heard.
Alan Evans, 35, was involved in an "intense" relationship with Amanda Chadwick, a classroom assistant at St Mary's C of E Primary School where his children were pupils.
Worcester Crown Court heard the affair went on for several months before Evans' wife Louise was found dead at the bottom of the staircase at their home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster, in the early hours of July 10 last year - and was revived even after her death.
Prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC read out a series of text messages sent between Evans and Ms Chadwick, who had been married at the time - including "sham" messages designed to throw Mrs Evans off the scent.
He never revealed to her the true nature of their relationship.
Mrs Evans had walked out on her cheating husband twice when her suspicions grew too much, Mr Hankin said, and Evans - through a fear of losing contact with his children and of losing out on his share of the family home - convinced her to return, promising to make more effort.
"His expressions of remorse are essentially meaningless," Mr Hankin said.
"His text messages are littered with insincerity."
He had promised his wife he would change his number and cease communications with Ms Chadwick, the jury was told - but he kept his old SIM card, hiding it on top of a kitchen cabinet.
The afternoon before Mrs Evans died, he even invested in a 'secret' SIM card to continue his illicit relationship.
"The prosecution say there must have been a trigger of some kind which led to a confrontation - and that confrontation resulted in Louise's death," Mr Hankin said.
"Whatever the trigger was, it is reasonable to conclude that it related to the revelation of his deception of his wife, and his resumption of his relationship with Amanda Chadwick.
"Despite his claims he had never laid a finger on her, he subjected her to a serious violent assault."
Evans denies one count of murder.
The trial continues.