Vic­tim feared she would never be free of tor­men­tor

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

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.”

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