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He was scheduled for a bail hearing, but without a person to act as his surety, that didn’t happen for Kevin Terry Evans in provincial court on Friday.
Instead, Evans, an accused serial abuser of women, agreed to remain in custody until his next court appearance, which will happen via video from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary Aug. 23.
The 29-year-old St. John’s man has been in jail since early this week, when he was charged with uttering threats to kill a woman and assaulting her twice over the weekend.
He was quiet during Friday’s short court appearance, except to ask sheriffs if news reporters filming him leaving the courtroom were allowed to do so.
Evans has a total of 20 charges against four women in two provinces: here and Ontario. He is said to have met the women on online dating sites.
He was first charged in Ontario in January with eight counts of assault and one count each of sexual assault, assault with a knife and mischief by damaging property, all related to the same woman, an ex-girlfriend. He was later charged with distributing an intimate image - a sex video - of a different woman without her consent.
A warrant was issued for Evans’ arrest in Ontario, but he had moved back to St. John’s at that point, and police here had no authority to arrest him.
In mid-April, however, the RNC charged Evans with three assaults and two counts of choking against a woman in St. John’s. Evans was not taken into custody, but given a court date for the following month.
Before that date arrived, an Ontario judge expanded the jurisdiction of the arrest warrant, and RNC officers arrested Evans the next day. Ontario police arrived and escorted Evans back to that province, where he was released on bail on conditions, including that he reside with a family member in St. John’s.
On Friday, the Crown elected to proceed with the local charges against Evans by way of indictment, meaning he could face a harsher sentence if he is found guilty. Evans’ release on the charges against the first St. John’s woman was revoked.
That woman told The Telegram she was sorry to learn of Evans’ new charges, and was relieved he was not released.
The allegations against Evans have not yet been tested in court.