Agent who throttled violinist escapes jail

The pianist Daniel Evans who has acted as agent for a number of classical celebrities has received a suspended sentence at Westminster Magistrates Court after breaking down his girlfriend’s door and thrttling her until ‘she could not breathe and her vision became blurred.’

Evans, 31, sobbed in court and expressed remorse.

His lawyer described him as a wealthy man who had ‘suffered a complete mental breakdown and was admitted to the Priory mental health hospital’ earlier this year.

The girlfriend, violinist Alexandra Knight, issued this victim impact statement:

‘I am horrified to find myself in this situation.

‘Throughout the course of our relationship Daniel has been a fiercely loyal partner.

‘I have found a true soulmate and partner for the rest of my life.

‘Unfortunately Daniel suffered an episode of complete nervous collapse and from that moment onwards I have supported him as best I can…’

More here.

Evans was the founder of Evans Arts, a shortlived Berlin-based agency.

Alexandra Knight is also an agent. She is listed as joint managing director of Wright Music Management.

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  • Abusers don’t ever stop, Alexandra.
    Seek shelter and assistance, and get away from Daniel NOW, before he does something worse than “merely” throttling you until you couldn’t breathe.

    • “Abusers don’t ever stop”

      I know that this is the sort of thing that is often said, but is it any more than a myth?

      • Well, maybe she could keep risking her life every single day in order to find out! Like in an experiment, you see. After all, what is the worse thing that can happen? This idea that dying is bad might be a myth too.

  • What a sad story. There is so little support available for people with mental health issues/their carers in this country. Time for change!

  • I used to work in a psychiatric hospital. I knew 12 people who had killed people while ill. Seven of them have been released and none have re-offended. I think as long as there is a strong support system in place mentally ill people with violent tendencies can be rehabilitated.

  • For those who claim “abusers never change”

    If it was a one-off incident where the person had some kind of mental breakdown then that is different from someone whose behaviour is persistently manipulative, aggressive and disturbing.

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