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Sister of Kidderminster man accused of murder quizzed in court
1:44pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
THE sister of the Kidderminster man accused of murdering his wife has denied that she attended Worcester Crown Court to lie for her brother.
Nurse Tina Price was the last witness called by the defence in the trial of 35-year-old Alan Evans, who is charged with killing his wife Louise, 32, by pushing her down the stairs at their home in Stoney Lane.
She said the Evans seemed to have a perfect marriage for 18 years and they doted on each other and their three children but seven weeks before her death in July last year, Louise had been concerned when she discovered texts from her husband to another woman.
When she confronted him, he admitted they were to Amanda Chadwick, whose marriage was breaking down and he was "a shoulder to cry on." Louise was distraught.
When he came to stay at her house for a few days, Mrs Price said her brother confided that the affair was sexual and he was infatuated with Ms Chadwick, a classroom assistant at their children's school but Louise was still his best friend and he had let her down badly.
Cross-examined by prosecution barrister Jonas Hankin QC, the witness denied that Evans had lied to his family about the affair and had even fallen out about it with his brother Barry, who lived in America.
Mr Hankin suggested that the Evans family was horrified to learn that Evans had been having sex with Ms Chadwick before and after Louise's death. Mrs Price described Louise as a laid-back person, whose husband had let her down. "You don't know what happened inside that house on the 9th of July," said Mr Hankin. "I only wish I did," said Mrs Price.
In reply to Rudi Forston QC, defending, Mrs Price said her brother told her that the case had cost him his wife, children and friendship. He had rekindled his sexual relationship with Ms Chadwick because she had shown him some affection. Mrs Price said she had not come to court to lie for her brother.
Another defence witness, mother-of-three Sophie Rudge, said she first met Louise at Worcester hospital seven years ago. Their families had kept in touch and regularly visited each other at their homes in Gloucester and Kidderminster. She described the Evans couple as "cuddly, affactionate people."
Evans idolised his wife but she was an untidy person, leaving things lying about. She thought Alan Evans was a "top bloke" but Louise had been upset, gutted and angry when she discovered the affair. Later she seemed happy and said they were going to make a go of their marriage. A holiday in Spain had been planned.
Mr Hankin queried whether the witness still thought Evans was a top person when details of his affair leaked out. She replied : "It is wrong what he did." Mr Hankin said Evans had called his wife a "bitch" and joked about the IVF treatment she had undergone. He even had sex with his mistress in the marital bed. Did she still think he was a top bloke? She conceded:"Maybe not" and added later: "I still think the world of him."
The closing speeches by counsel will be heard tomorrow. The court is not sitting on Friday and Mr Justice Hickinbottom will sum up on Monday.