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Murder accused tells court of his 'perfect little family'
8:10am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A MURDER suspect accused of killing his wife as their three young children slept upstairs has told a court he was a "brilliant dad".
Cheating husband Alan Evans, 35, described his "perfect little family" to the jury at Worcester Crown Court as he took to the witness stand for the first time.
The welder, who worked for Droitwich firm Egbert H Taylor, is charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife Louise by pushing her down the stairs of their home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster and then smothering her.
He told the court he loved his wife with "all" his heart, despite striking up an affair with teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick.
But he said they had worked through their problems and, on the night of her death, they had cuddled as they watched EastEnders and part of Coronation Street, as his friend Mark Bayliss was due to appear on the soap.
He said he dozed on the couch and was awoken by noises upstairs later on in the evening and had shouted upstairs to find out what was going on.
Louise told him their daughters were playing up, he said and that the ironing board had collapsed on her again. He then returned to the lounge and went back to sleep.
He woke up some time later, he said and after going outside for a cigarette he went into the hallway and that was when he found his wife at the bottom of the stairs.
He denied having any involvement in her death.
"Me and my wife never had any domestic violence in all our 18 years together," he said.
"She was beautiful. She was outgoing, friendly, kind. She was an amazing mother. Louise was not just my wife, she was my best friend."
Evans said despite falling in love with Ms Chadwick, his feelings for his wife never changed, although later admitted that in June, 2012 he had been seriously considering leaving Louise for his mistress.
He told the court that by July 9, however, they had sorted through their issues and were "back to normal".
"On the night my wife died, we were happy,” he said. “We had put our previous problems behind us. It was a normal night."
"In 35 years, I only have two regrets. One is having the affair and two, not going to bed at the same time as my wife that night."
Earlier in yesterday's hearing, the court heard that by August, 2012 - less than a month after his wife's death - Evans was in more than £20,600 of debt.
Prosecutor Paul Whitfield told the court he owed a total of £20,628.81.
He also told the court that the mortgage came with a life insurance policy, which would pay the full amount due in the event either of them died because of an accident.
Evans denies one count of murder.
The trial continues.