Man jailed for murder - Luton

02/05/2014

A man appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 02 May 2014, and was jailed for life and is to serve a minimum of 22 years for murder.

John Evans, aged  57, of Thames Court, Trent Road, Luton, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 25 April to murdering his 70-year-old sister-in-law, Mary, known as May, on 18 November last year, just 6-weeks after she had married his 65-year-old brother, David.

John Evans repeatedly stabbed May with a knife as she sat behind the wheel of her car in Trent Road, Luton, while on her way to collect her grandson from school.

Members of the public managed to intervene and apprehend John Evans at the scene while also fighting heroically in an attempt to save May's life. Sadly her injuries were too severe and she was pronounced dead at the scene 45 minutes after the attack.

Judge Michael Kay QC told John Evans at the previous hearing that he could expect a life sentence. After listening to submissions from the prosecution and defence counsels Judge Kay confirmed the life sentence and set a minimum term of 22 years.  He took into account the 162 days already spent on remand meaning that John Evans will serve a minimum of 21 years and 203 days.

After passing sentence, Judge Kay took time to praise the bravery of three members of the public, who intervened on the day; one of whom negotiated with John Evans before the other two wrestled him to the ground, and rewarded them £250 each.