Victim feared she would never be free of tormentor
JUDGE Lawson said Miss Evans had initially seen a kind person in Prest. “But before very long she had seen the darker side – the controlling, aggressive, violent and threatening side which she thought she could help,” he added.
The judge continued that Prest “started to lose the battle to re-establish control” when Miss Evans had the courage to report him to the police for throttling her.
In one statement to the police she told how he had taken a carving knife to bed with him and warned she was in grave danger. Miss Evans also told police she feared Prest would carry out threats to kill her.
Speaking directly to Prest, Judge Lawson said: “It is with irony that on that morning (of her murder) she had gone to a friend in the probation office and, on describing the events of when you had left another message, she commented that she knew she would never be free of you.
“Four hours later she was to die at your hands.”