TV reporter Trent Evans killed Rex Willox in drunken crash in Melbourne, blamed his job for decline


Inside Channel Seven reporter’s extraordinary descent into drugs, booze and homelessness – as he’s JAILED for killing his mate after bingeing champagne and taking his Mercedes on a joy ride

  • Former Channel 7 journalist Trent Evans killed 44-year-old Rex Willox in crash
  • Evans had a blood alcohol reading of 0.1 – twice the legal limit – when he drove
  • The drunken journo was driving at 113kmh in a 60kmh zone when he lost control
  • The disgraced reporter had worked at 7 and Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper
  • He faces anywhere up to 20 years in prison for the drunken crash  
  • Evans had been unemployed at the time after struggling with drug issues 

A disgraced former television reporter who killed his mate after binging on champagne and driving has blamed his dramatic fall from grace on his high-flying career. 

Former Channel 7 reporter Trent Evans, 45, faces anywhere up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty in the County Court of Victoria on Thursday to a single charge of culpable driving causing death.

Evans, who continues to share images on Instagram of himself boozing, killed 44-year-old Rex Willox after ploughing his mate’s Mercedes into a power pole just outside of Melbourne‘s CBD on February 27 last year. 

Trent Evans continued to share images of himself chugging on champagne despite killing a man while blind drunk on it

Trent Evans continued to share images of himself chugging on champagne despite killing a man while blind drunk on it 

Evans failed to remove this insensitive image from his Instagram account. He had been binging on champagne on the very morning he killed his mate

Evans failed to remove this insensitive image from his Instagram account. He had been binging on champagne on the very morning he killed his mate 

Former 7 reporter Trent Evans had been smashed on champagne when he drove his mate to his death

Former 7 reporter Trent Evans had been smashed on champagne when he drove his mate to his death 

Trent Evans reports alongside Rebecca Maddern on Sunrise

Trent Evans reports alongside Rebecca Maddern on Sunrise 

The court heard he had been drunk after guzzling champagne on the morning of the crash. 

Police later determined Evans had a blood alcohol reading of 0.1 – twice the legal limit – when he crashed Mr Willox’s car on Barkly Ave in Burnley, a short distance from Evans’ Richmond home.

He had also been travelling at 113kmh in a 60kmh zone. 

On Thursday, his barrister Rahmin de Kretser claimed Evans’ life had spiralled out-of-control after he scored a dream TV job with Seven in Queensland. 

‘He is a man who had a successful and accomplished career … only two years before he has to go and seek help from homeless services he’d been running, or involved, in a newsroom,’ he said.  

The court heard Evans cracked under the pressure of his TV gig on the Sunshine Coast, which led to him bingeing on drugs and alcohol. 

‘He was supported by the network to see a psychiatrist … his mental health improved for some time but he was simply unable to cope with the demands of that job,’ Mr de Kretser claimed. 

After resigning from the network in 2017, Evans worked for a couple of years in Melbourne on a local newspaper before diving even deeper into chaos. 

‘But the loss of the (TV) job, being part of the newsroom and team that gave him that sense of importance and drive, it just led to a complete unravelling of his life,’ Mr de Kretser said.

The court heard Evans soon wound up living on the streets and relying on handouts. 

‘By 2018 he’s seeking refuge from homeless services because he hasn’t got enough money to eat or support himself,’ Mr de Kretser said. 

‘His life had descended into absolute chaos.’ 

Evans had been a reporter for Channel 7 before his life spiralled out of control

Evans had been a reporter for Channel 7 before his life spiralled out of control 

Evans called himself DJ Trent and had performed gigs at some of Melbourne's top night clubs

Evans called himself DJ Trent and had performed gigs at some of Melbourne’s top night clubs

The court heard Evans was assaulted while living rough and attended hospital numerous times seeking mental health treatment. 

But Evans had hardly been a pillar of society before he became a killer. 

The court heard he had been picked-up drink driving three times before he killed his mate, with his last reading so high it saw him receive a suspended jail sentence. 

Evans initially faced multiple charges in relation to the killer crash, which were withdrawn as a part of his plea deal with Crown prosecutors. 

The court heard he and Mr Willox had downed three bottles of champagne together at Mr Willox’s Toorak apartment that morning before Evans agreed to drive because he said he was the less drunk of the pair.

At the time, the then 43-year old had been unemployed and had spent the past 12 months living in a Parkville motor inn. 

The court heard Evans had no chance of making the bend in the road where he lost control and slammed his mate’s car into a pole. 

Witnesses told the court Evans had been driving erratically before the crash, almost sideswiping other vehicles.

Evans' social media page depicts a man who was comfortable in his own skin. A psychiatrist will now report back to the court what was really going on inside his head

Evans’ social media page depicts a man who was comfortable in his own skin. A psychiatrist will now report back to the court what was really going on inside his head 

Trent Evans is facing serious jail time for a drunken crash that claimed the life of his mate

Trent Evans is facing serious jail time for a drunken crash that claimed the life of his mate 

Evans was at the top of his game as a television reporter, but will now likely spend a period of time behind bars

Evans was at the top of his game as a television reporter, but will now likely spend a period of time behind bars 

In pleading for a sentence totalling under seven years, Evans’ barrister claimed his client had acted spontaneously, had not driven very far and was remorseful.  

‘Mr Evans is a broken man. He will carry the burden of being responsible for Mr Willox’s death for the rest of his life,’ Mr de Kretser said.   

Despite those assertions, Evans’ social media profiles continue to present like an audition for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous – including an insensitive Instagram post of a bottle of champagne titled ‘Morning Glory’. 

Another shows him guzzling champagne straight from the bottle. 

Scattered among photos of fancy watches and cars, Evans is seen staring down the lens in a variety of brooding portraits. 

‘Wow is that the same champagne that helped you kill your friend with??’ one person has written under Evans’ disgraceful champagne post. 

Evans, who claims to have had a top 40 song in the 1990s, had boasted that he was about to release a solo song under the name DJ Trentè when he killed his mate. 

His social media pages also boast of gigs at top Melbourne nightclubs including Love Machine in Prahran.

In 2019, Evans performed alongside 90s pop duo Bachelor Girl and in 2018 appeared as an extra in the Ride Like a Girl film

Evans was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday.  

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