A convicted criminal jailed for running down and killing his girlfriend after years of physically abusing her his is out on a dating app looking for love.
Charles Evans, 47, who was released from a Victorian prison last August, has launched his profile on the dating service Elite Singles.
The parolee was jailed for just 32 months after a charge of murdering circus performer Alicia Lee was downgraded.
Evans ran his Toyota HiLux into Alicia after she ended their relationship and had packed her bags to leave their rural Victorian property on December 28, 2017.
He crushed her body between his car and a concrete water tank, leaving her to die from massive blunt force trauma, a lacerated liver and huge haemorrhaging in her abdomen.
In a deal with prosecutors, a charge of murder was dropped and Evans agreed to plead guilty dangerous driving causing death and fail to render assistance.
On his release from Hopkins Correctional Centre in rural Victoria, Evans returned to rural NSW to live near his mother in the central western town of Forbes.
The Elite Singles app Evans has joined, which costs a discounted $17.95 for six months’ “premium membership” offers matches that mean “your best shot at a lasting relationship”.
On his dating profile, Charles, 47, of Forbes says he is “enjoying life” and in a relationship he is looking for “love, happiness, friendship, chemistry”.
Elite Singles’ blurb offers a “safe environment” in which to try “wildcard matches … if you keep finding yourself unsuccessful in making a relationship stick, then why not try something slightly different?”
Evans, who is on parole until December 2024 under conditions which forbid him from drinking alcohol or driving a car, has already been seen in the streets of Forbes with a woman, possibly a girlfriend.
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Alicia Little’s mother Lee and the former wife of Evans, Kim Bermingham, have expressed fears the ex-prisoner will not be closely monitored because of COVID-19 restrictions on parole supervision.
Ms Bermingham, who had three children with Evans, told news.com.au she was assaulted by him during their marriage, kicked, headbutted and scalded.
On the last occasion, he had come home from the pub in a rage and strangled her until she blacked out.
She woke up on the ground with her kids screaming, “You’ve killed Mum” and Evans yelling, “I haven’t killed the c**t yet”, Ms Bermingham told news.com.au.
Ms Bermingham predicted Evans would be “cocky” on his prison release and think that “he’s done nothing wrong and that Alicia was in the wrong”.
Indeed, after walking from jail last August and strolling through Melbourne airport before a flight back to Sydney, he told a Channel 7 reporter he wasn’t responsible for Alicia’s death.
Asked whether he had any remorse for his actions, Evans replied: “I’ve got nothing to say to you. Mental illness caused her death not me.”
It was just after Christmas in 2017 and following years of domestic violence by Evans, that 41-year-old Alicia Marie Little decided to end their relationship once and for all.
The pair, who shared a love of horses, were living on a remote property near Kyneton, 100km northwest of Melbourne.
Evans had proposed to Alicia two weeks earlier, but by Boxing Day 2017, she had decided she could no longer take his abuse and packed her bags, posting on Facebook, “I’m over it”.
At 3.29pm on December 28, a Thursday, she texted her mother Lee, saying “in the next 24 hours there is going to be drama”.
At 3.41pm, she dialled triple-0 to ask police to come and remove her “drunk and abusive” partner of whom she was fearful.
Police were on their way out to the isolated farm in the Macedon Ranges, when Evans ran his car into Alicia, a mother of four children.
A court would later hear that Evans, angry at Alicia for calling police, had snatched her phone and got into his car.
When she went outside to get her phone back, he hit her with the Toyota HiLux at a speed of between 12 and 16km/h.
He fled the scene and when police arrived, they found Alicia foaming at the mouth before she died where she lay.
When Lee Little received no further texts from her daughter then saw on TV news that a woman’s body has been found at Kyneton, she felt sick.
She texted Alicia, writing “Are you okay. Just seen tv” and then “I’m trying to send you a msg. Are you ok”.
Lee Little had seen the Channel 7 news which was reporting that a woman had been killed on a property at Kyneton and she “just knew it was my Alicia”.
Lee and family members got in their car and drove 230km from their home to the property.
Police confirmed they had found Alicia alive, but that she had died at the scene.
Lee Little’s family gathered at the property and wept as police searched for Evans and impounded his vehicle.
He was charged with Alicia’s murder and refused bail and while in prison agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charges.
At a sentencing hearing, Justice Lesley Taylor found Alicia’s and Evans’ relationship had been “marked by … violence”.
On the day she died, Justice Taylor found, Alicia had texted a friend between 3.39 and 3.44.
She told the friend she had caught Evans looking up dating websites, could no longer trust him or live with “a drunk”.
“It seems likely that Ms Little had come out of the house in an attempt to retrieve her phone [and] was standing near the water tank when Evans hit her with his vehicle,” Justice Taylor said.
Alicia was struck on her right hand side by the van’s front driver side which spun her 180 degrees as it skidded.
Police knew the leading edge of the utility tray behind the driver’s door struck Alicia’s back because they found traces of her DNA on that surface.
“Your actions caused the death of Ms Little. Ms Little was crushed between the water tank and your car tyres,” Justice Taylor said at the sentencing.
“You did nothing to assist Ms Little. You left the scene.”
Sentenced to a minimum two-and-half years in prison with time served, Evans qualified for parole in July last year.
He applied to be transferred from Victoria to NSW for supervision during his four-and-a-half year parole period.
Elite Singles, which boasts 10,000 plus new members each month, bills itself as “The dating site for finding chemistry that lasts”.