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Murder suspect confided in friend about affair
1:43pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
MURDER suspect Alan Evans confided in his best friend that he was cheating on his wife six weeks before her death at their home in Kidderminster.
He told neighbour and fellow workmate Delwyn Smith that he had begun a sexual relationship with Amanda Chadwick, a 30-year-old teaching assistant at his children's school.
Mr Smith told a jury at Worcester Crown Court that Evans, a 35-year-old welder, made the revelation in the kitchen of their semi-detached house in Stoney Lane while his wife Louise was in the lounge.
Evans swore him to secrecy and showed him pictures of Mrs Chadwick on his laptop computer, saying that he loved her. Mr Smith said he told Evans he was an idiot for cheating on his 32-year-old wife and their three daughters.
But Evans ignored his advice to get rid of Ms Chadwick. All he would say was "You don't understand. I am in love with her." But two weeks before Mrs Evans' death, he said he had finished with Mandy and had even changed his telephone number so that she could not text him.
Mr Smith said Louise had found out by accident about the affair and the text messages.
On the night of July 9 last year, he was roused by Evans knocking on his door. When he went across the road, he saw Louise lying dead at the foot of the stairs. His wife Bridget, a nurse, said the body was cold so he covered it with a jacket.
There was a skipping rope near the body but Evans, who pleads not guilty to murder, never told him how Louise had come to be in that position. Louise had seemed happy and her normal self earlier in the evening.
In November, Evans was spotted with Mrs Chadwick. When Mr Smith spoke about it to Evans at work, his reply was : "I am not going to desert the people who have stood by me."
In answer to Rudi Fortson QC, defending, Mr Smith described Evans as "a superb neighbour" who was always cheerful and friendly although he was "a bit of a joker."
The Evans had been a model loving couple with three children and there had never been arguments or violence between them.
Mr Smith said he called Evans "a prat" for jeopardising his marriage but he ignored advice by saying he was in love with Ms Chadwick. After his wife's death, Evans was distraught and appeared to be a broken man.
Prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC read statements to the court from people who were soon on the scene.
Paramedic Sarah Gore arrived just after midnight and noticed Mrs Evans's lips were blue, there was discolouration to the face and the body was cold. Evans said he had been watching TV in the lounge and came out to find the body.
Pol Sgt Adrian Maiden said he was concerned because the incident seemed suspicious and ordered the arrest of Evans.
It was carried out by Pc Richard Allen who said Evans told him on the way to the police station: "I have not murdered my wife." Checks were made and it was found that the house was secure and there was no evidence of a break-in.
The trial continues.