Man gets life for mur­der of ex-lover

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

AN OB­SESSED man who stabbed his ex-lover to death in a car park of a Maid­stone prison has been jailed for life for her mur­der.

Keith Prest, 49, lay in wait for teacher Louise Evans from Hoth­field and knifed her 43 times dur­ing the fren­zied at­tack out­side East Sut­ton Park open prison for women in Septem­ber last year.

The 48-year-old mother-oftwo taught English to for­eign in­mates at the prison.

Dur­ing the trial of Prest at Maid­stone Crown Court the jury of nine men and three women heard that Miss Evans pre­dicted just hours be­fore she was killed that she would never be free of her ex-lover.

She had also told po­lice that she was liv­ing in fear of Prest who, at the time of the mur­der, was on bail for throt­tling her un­til she was semi-con­scious.

Jail­ing him for life with a min­i­mum term of 16 years and 356 days on Mon­day, Judge Michael Law­son QC said it wasn’t long into their re­la­tion­ship that Miss Evans saw Prest’s “dark side”.

And by the time he mur­dered her he had al­ready “de­stroyed” Miss Evans’s life by his “cam­paign of fear and ter­ror and emo­tional black­mail”.

The judge added that this was the most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor which en­abled him to in­crease the min­i­mum term from a “start­ing point” of 15 years.

The court heard that fol­low­ing the break-up of their re­la­tion­ship Prest made nu­mer­ous phone calls to Miss Evans, left notes on her car and at her home, and fol­lowed her while out shop­ping.

He also later told the po­lice fol­low­ing his ar­rest that he held Miss Evans re­spon­si­ble for his sui­cide at­tempts and wanted “to pun­ish her”.

Pass­ing sen­tence Judge Law­son de­scribed Miss Evans as a loving mother and af­fec­tion­ate and hu­mor­ous per­son whose “gen­er­ous and kind” na­ture Prest had tried to ex­ploit.

He added that on Septem­ber 12 last year Prest had de­lib­er­ately armed him­self with “a deadly weapon” and waited for Miss Evans to fin­ish work.

“It is clear you in­tended to kill her,” said Judge Law­son.

Prest, of no fixed ad­dress, de­nied mur­der and did not give ev­i­dence dur­ing his trial. The jury re­turned its ver­dict af­ter less than four hours de­lib­er­a­tion.

Pic­ture: Jim Ben­nett

An aerial shot of the mur­der scene at East Sut­ton prison

The mur­derer: Keith Prest – jailed for life

The vic­tim: Louise Evans – lived in fear

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