Hereford & Worcester

Kidderminster murder suspect Alan Evans had 'perfect family'

An unfaithful husband accused of murdering his wife has told a court he had a "perfect little family".

Alan Evans, 35, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, denies killing his wife Louise after having an affair with a teaching assistant.

Mrs Evans, 32, was found dead near a skipping rope at the bottom of the stairs at the couple's home in July 2012.

Mr Evans told Worcester Crown Court he was never violent towards his wife.

'The affair was over'

He said: "Me and my wife, we had never had any domestic violence in all of the 18 years together.

"On the night my wife died, we were happy.

"We had put our previous problems behind us. It was a normal night. We watched TV together and we had a cuddle. We were happy. The affair was over."

Mr Evans, of Stoney Lane, denied causing his wife to fall down the stairs or doing anything to harm her.

He said the couple were looking forward to rebuilding their marriage. He said they were planning a holiday together in Spain and hoped to fulfil their dream of running a bed and breakfast together.

He said he loved his wife with all his heart.

"She was beautiful, she was outgoing, friendly, kind," he told the court.

"Louise wasn't just my wife, she was my best friend. She was always there if anybody needed somebody to talk to - she would help you any way she could."

"If there was a problem, we would work through it together."

Asked by his defence barrister, Rudi Fortson QC, if he killed his wife, Evans replied: "No, I did not."

The case continues.

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