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Man accused of murdering wife was treated as a 'son' by her family
9:41am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
THE mother of the Kidderminster woman allegedly killed by her husband told a murder trial jury of the shock when she was told the couple were splitting up.
Mrs Judith Bollen said her daughter Louise Evans had been a childhood sweetheart of Alan Evans and they had three children during their 12 years of marriage.
Mrs Bollen said she had received news by telephone of her daughter's unhappiness.
She told Worcester Crown Court: "It came out of the blue. She was crying and said she wanted to come home and bring her three children."
Her daughter, 32-year-old Louise Evans, suspected he was having an affair with Amanda Chadwick, a classroom assistant at their children's school.
Evans, a 35-year-old welder, has been accused of murder after his wife was found at the foot of the stairs at their home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster, in July last year.
Prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC alleges that she was attacked before she was pushed down the stairs. Because of an eye infection, his role was taken over by counsel Paul Whitfield.
Mr Hankin sat in court wearing an eye patch and apologised to the jury for this "theatrical" appearance.
Mrs Bollen said Evans, who has pleaded not guilty, was treated like a son after he courted and married her daughter. Because Louise had difficulty in having children, her parents paid more than £10,000 for her to have IVF treatment. This resulted in twins followed by a third daughter.
Mrs Bollen said the family unit was "wonderful." She and her husband would babysit so that the Evans could go out.
Louise was booking a surprise holiday in Spain when she made the telephone call to her mother that the marriage was coming to an end. She had discovered hundreds of text messages between her husband and Amanda Chadwick.
She had been to the cinema with Amanda she did not realise at the time that she was making and receiving text messages from her husband.
She had them photo-copied so that she could confront her husband.
Evans worked shifts for Egbert H Taylor, of Droitwich. His manager, Simon Mansfield, said he was concerned about the time his employee was on the telephone. Evans eventually told him he was splitting up from his wife and the rift was irreparable.
Evans was very fond of his three daughters but the witness could not say he loved his wife. Mr Mansfield told him to go home and sort things out.
Hannah Jobber said she was Louise's best friend and they worked together at a care home in Kinlet. Alan Evans had been the best man when she married and they had gone on holidays together.
Louise was upset when she discovered her husband was having an affair and she tried at first to continue their marriage. But she said her husband had made empty promises. She discovered more than 2,000 text messages on their telephone bill, which confirmed there was an affair.
Cross-examined by defence counsel Rudi Fortson QC, Mrs Jobber said she envied the Evans' as a model couple. Alan Evans had been a very good dad. But she sensed things had been going wrong and Louise had told her of the text messages from Amanda Chadwick.
Simon McHugh told the court that Amanda Chadwick was his wife and they had two children. They had been in a relationship for ten years but he became suspicious when he found a text which had been sent to his wife.
In July, he had a call from Louise Evans saying she was going to throw her husband out because of his affair with Amanda.
When he confronted his wife, she claimed that all the texts were jokes and there was nothing physical. He had decided to leave their house in Kidderminster and live with his parents in Redditch and was at work as a retail manager in Walsall on the day Louise died.
The trial continues.