Al­leged killer will not give ev­i­dence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

A MAN ac­cused of killing his ex-girl­friend in a fren­zied knife at­tack has de­clined to give ev­i­dence.

Keith Prest’s QC told the jury at the end of the prose­cu­tion case that he would not be go­ing into the wit­ness box to put his case.

Maid­stone Crown Court has heard that “con­trol­ling and ob­ses­sive” Prest at­tacked prison teacher Louise Evans, who lived in Hoth­field, af­ter re­fus­ing to ac­cept their re­la­tion­ship was over.

Prest, 49, is al­leged to have lain in wait in the car park of East Sut­ton Park open prison, Maid­stone, on Septem­ber 12 last year and stabbed Miss Evans 43 times.

Alan Kent, pros­e­cut­ing, said all of the 48-year-old vic­tim’s ma­jor or­gans – heart, lung on the left side, liver, spleen and kid­neys – were pen­e­trated.

The mother-of-two’s body lay undis­cov­ered for an hour be­fore be­ing found by an­other worker at the women’s prison.

Mr Kent told Maid­stone Crown Court that three-times mar­ried Miss Evans met Prest in the au­tumn of 2005 through text dat­ing. They moved in to­gether within two weeks, but the re­la­tion­ship was soon be­set by vi­o­lence.

“He sought to con­trol her, he sought to dom­i­nate her,” the pros­e­cu­tor told the jury of nine men and three women. “When he couldn’t get his own way, or if she did some­thing he dis­ap­proved of, he would as­sault her.”

At the time of the at­tack, he was on bail ac­cused of as­sault­ing her.

Prest, of no fixed ad­dress, de­nies mur­der, claim­ing he was not the at­tacker.

The jury was ex­pected to go out to con­sider their ver­dict by the end of this week.

Louise Evans was stabbed to death last year

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