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Kidderminster murder accused denies 'laying trail of false evidence'
4:05pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A MURDER suspect began laying a "trail of false evidence" just weeks before his wife was found dead at the foot of the stairs of their Kidderminster home, a jury was told.
Alan Evans, 35, is accused of murdering 32-year-old Louise Evans in an attack in July last year.
Worcester Crown Court heard today that Evans phoned police in June to ask advice on whether he was obliged to leave the family home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster, when his marriage was "breaking down".
It came after his wife Louise found evidence of his affair with teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick in the form of thousands of text messages but in cross-examination, proseuctor Jonas Hankin QC questioned why he had lied to the West Mercia Police operator and claimed: "I have done nothing wrong."
Mr Hankin also pointed out that Evans had told the operator he "paid for everything" in the house when, in fact, Louise had paid for the mortgage with her salary as a part-time care assistant.
He told the court there was "an ocean of examples" of when Evans had lied to cover his own back and asked: "By making this call, and asking for it to be recorded, were you laying a trail of false evidence?" Evans replied: "No."
Mr Hankin, who accused Evans of giving a "performance" in court, and questioned how he could not remember seeing his wife's eyes when he found her dead, what position she was in or that her arm was sticking up above her head, as rigor mortis had set in.
He went on to ask: "Is it the awful truth that the last thing you remember is killing your wife?"
Evans replied: "My wife was not assaulted. My wife was not killed. My wife's injuries are consistent with a fall down the stairs."
The court also heard how Evans resumed his sexual relationship with Ms Chadwick just three months after Louise's death.
At the end of the cross-examination, Evans gave an emotional speech to the jury, arguing for his innocence and said his affair had nothing to do with Louise's death.
"The whole prosecution case is based on the fact that I had an affair, which I can't change and I can't turn the clocks back," he said. "All of this has put a cloud over my wife's death.
"If you remove the affair for a moment, all you've got is my wife at the bottom of the stairs.
"She showed no signs of defence injuries, which she would if she had been assaulted.
"It's not just my wife I'm fighting for - it's our three little girls."
Evans denies one count of murder.
The trial continues.