Love affair of man accused of murdering his wife began with walk in park, court hears (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Love affair of man accused of murdering his wife began with walk in park, court hears
5:00pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Local
A LOVE affair between a man accused of killing his wife and a fellow parent at a Kidderminster school began with a walk in a park, Worcester Crown Court was told.
And it progressed to secret meetings at hotels between Alan Evans and Amanda Chadwick and to them having sex in their respective marital beds.
The pair exchanged more than 2,000 text messages and a list of these was discovered by Evans's unsuspecting wife Louise, said prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC.
She confronted her husband and a few days later the 32-year-old mother-of-three was found dead at the foot of the stairs at their home in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster.
But later in the trial the jury was told that Mrs Chadwick and Evans had resumed their sexual affair after his wife's death until his arrest.
Evans, a 35-year-old welder, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the woman described as his childhood sweetheart. The prosecution alleges that he smothered her before pushing her down the stairs and delayed calling the emergency services.
Mrs Chadwick, a teaching assistant at St Mary's C of E School in Kidderminster, said her home in York Court was only five minutes walk away from the home of the Evans family. She said she was now separated from her husband, Simon McHugh, although they had been together for 12 years. She had two children aged 11 and seven.
A friendship gradually developed with Evans after they met on the school playground. He occasionally did gardening or little jobs around the home for her.
She admitted that she flirted with him in text messages. She and her husband had been round to the Evans house for coffee and she described Louise as "quiet, genuine and nice." They had gone to the cinema together.
Gradually her feelings for Evans became stronger and they began to see each other more often, mostly during dog walks in the park. Evans admitted that his feelings for her had grown and kissing developed into having sexual intercourse.
From March 2012 they had sex in rooms at the Premier Inn hotels in Kidderminster and Worcester and at the Badgers Sett in Hagley.
To prevent pregnancy, she provided condoms and she estimated they were having sex once a week until about shortly before Mrs Evans's death.
She and Evans had talked about the future but had made no definite plans. Asked by Mr Hankin if they were planning a life together, she said that in her mind it was a fantasy.
Mrs Chadwick said her marriage was at an end. Evans told her that he was sleeping apart from his wife, they were not having sex, and he was going out more often with his male friends. He was going to see a solicitor but desperately wanted to keep in touch with his three daughters.
Evans told her that he had deleted the text messages but it became obvious that Mrs Evans was aware of them. When the affair was revealed and Evans said he was staying with his wife, Mrs Chadwick said she was shocked and heart-broken.
She was so upset and angry that she told best friend Angela Bird that she was going to "screw Al and Louise over." But in October last year she went to police and asked to alter her initial statement. She said she had bumped into Evans in a pub and they had resumed their sexual relationship.
She was shown photographs of them at his home and on a beach in Wales. She said they had sex about once a week. She was still in love with Evans, who had been arrested in February this year.
Cross-examined by Rudi Fortson QC, defending, she thought that she and Evans would never be together. It was a fantasy although her marriage was over. Evans would tell her that he loved her but also that he loved his wife of 18 years. He was still having sex with his wife during their affair.
They had talked about co-habiting but he had never promised to marry her. He never said he would leave his wife "at all costs" to be with Mrs Chadwick.
The trial continues.