Hereford & Worcester

Alan Evans jailed for life for wife's Kidderminster murder

Louise Evans
Image caption Louise Evans was described as a "brilliant mum" by her family

An unfaithful husband has been jailed for life for murdering his wife by pushing her down a flight of stairs.

Alan Evans, 35, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, killed his wife Louise after having an affair with teaching assistant Amanda Chadwick.

Mrs Evans, 32, was found at the bottom of stairs in July 2012 with 46 injuries.

At Worcester Crown Court Evans was sentenced to serve a minimum of 17 years.

The prosecution said Mrs Evans found out about the affair, leading her husband to push her down the stairs and try to make it look like the fall was an accident.

'Heartbreaking'

Mrs Evans had confronted Ms Chadwick after finding her husband's phone bill showing thousands of text messages sent between the pair, the court heard.

Pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar said the injuries to Mrs Evans "strongly" indicated she had been assaulted.

A neighbour told the jury she heard loud screaming and swearing hours before Mrs Evans was found.

Defence barrister Rudi Fortson QC told the court the killing was spontaneous and was not calculated to "snuff out Louise's life".

In a statement, Judy Bollen, the mother of Mrs Evans, said sitting through the trial had been "horrendous" but it had provided "justice for Louise."

She said: "Although we are glad it's finally all over we won't be celebrating because we have already lost more than Alan Evans is ever going to.

"Bringing up our granddaughters means we are reminded of Louise every day and having them around has helped to keep us from going under.

"But it's heartbreaking taking them to visit their mother's grave knowing that that Louise, who was a brilliant mum, has been deprived of bringing them up and should be here to look after them."

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