A wife confronted her cheating husband and his alleged mistress in the weeks leading up to her death at the family home, a court heard.
Father-of-three Alan Evans, aged 35, is accused of murdering his wife of 12 years, Louise, by throwing her down the stairs in a ‘serious violent assault’ at their home in Kidderminster.
Judith May Bollen gave evidence at her son-in-law’s murder trial in Worcester yesterday, recounting the weeks leading up to her daughter’s death last July.
Jurors were told of Mrs Evans’ suspicions that her husband was having an affair with classroom assistant Amanda Chadwick, who worked at St Mary’s CofE Primary School in Kidderminster.
Mr Paul Whitfield, prosecuting, asked Mrs Bollen about a phone call on June 18 that she received from her daughter a few weeks before her death.
She said: “It came out of the blue at about 9am – she just said ‘me and Alan are splitting up’, which was completely a shock to me and her dad.
“She said could she come home and bring the girls, but I didn’t think is was a good idea but said I would go up there because she was in a bad way on the phone.
“She was crying when she said they were splitting up.”
When Mrs Bollen went around to her daughter’s house in Stoney Lane, Kidderminster, Mrs Evans received a text from her husband, who was at work, saying he did not love her anymore.
She also learned that Mrs Evans had confronted him and Ms Chadwick, the court heard.
Seven days later Mrs Evans turned up on her parents’ doorstep with her three daughters saying she had left her husband.
She carried with her some sheets of paper with what she claimed were lots of texts between Evans and Ms Chadwick, which she was going to confront him with, the court was told.
But then just days later Mrs Evans had changed her mind, saying that she now did not believe there had been an affair and that she wanted to try to reconcile things with her husband.
Prosecutors say ‘thousands of text messages were exchanged by Evans and Ms Chadwick, some of which declared their love for each other and their wish to build a life together.
Mrs Evans was found dead at the bottom of the stairs of their semi-detached home in Stoney Lane shortly before 1am on July 10.
Prosecutors claim Evans pushed or threw her down the stairs then smothered her until she was dead.
Evans denies murder. The trial continues.