Cage fighter murdered ex and left her dying under pile of clothes in her bedroom

A former professional cage fighter has been found guilty of the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Violent criminal Andrew Wadsworth, 37, stabbed beautician Melissa Belshaw repeatedly in the front bedroom of her house, leaving her lying fatally wounded under a pile of clothes.

The mixed martial arts expert knifed the 32-year-old to death in front of her terrified 13-year-old daughter, two months after he came out of prison consumed by an obsession about her sex life, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Moments later, a passer-by heroically rescued the teenager by smashing windows with a hammer so he could lift the child to safety.

Monster Wadsworth soon emerged from the home in Billinge, on the border of St Helens, and next focused his murderous intent on neighbour Gerard Bristow, who was out delivering a parcel.

Hearing his Liverpool accent, and thinking he was a Merseyside man Ms Belshaw had previously been in a relationship with, the 37-year-old pinned him down, stabbing him continuously, leaving him with wounds to his chest and collarbone area, as well as a collapsed lung.

Witnesses described how he appeared to be drunk or on drugs, with an erratic demeanour, "not seeming like he was with it".

On Wednesday, a jury at Manchester Crown Court found Wadsworth guilty of murder, rejecting his defence that he had killed the mum-of-one through a loss of control on May 20.

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A guilty verdict was also delivered on the attempted murder of Mr Bristow but he was found not guilty of a threat to kill Ms Belshaw's 13-year-old daughter.

At the time of the murder, Wadsworth had not long been released from prison for serious violent offences and was out on licence.

He had known problems with drug abuse, particularly cocaine, and had an on-off relationship with Ms Belshaw described by prosecutors as "volatile and dependent on drink, drugs and sex."

The evening before the killing, Wadsworth, from Wigan, was "pacing around the house in a state of hyper-vigilance," armed with two knives, which he sometimes kept in a Gucci man bag.

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As his fury grew, he stormed about the house, smashing up the property, Ms Belshaw's frightened 13-year-old daughter remembered, before going on his deadly attack.

The murder itself was "prolonged, remorseless and deliberate" investigators would later say, with one blow delivered with such force it fractured Ms Belshaw's rib.

Another wound was to her feet as she had tried to escape.

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After her death, tributes rolled in about Ms Belshaw, who had a strong affinity with Liverpool and would often visit the city.

Friends said she was on the verge of setting up a beauty salon in the Kirkdale area and regularly visited a well-known hairdressers in Walton.

In a message to friends, just a day or two before her murder, Ms Belshaw wrote: "Never felt as proud, the money and effort put into this.

"Can't wait for it all to be lit up, my sign in 3D.

"It's taken me some time to turn my life around, and look what I've done.

"Opened my shop myself, then onto another in Liverpool.

"I deserve every moment of this."

A fortnight ago, her heartbroken brother said: "Very special sister, dedicated to you babe.

"Justice will be served, but never be enough.

"But I'll see you one day the one day, I'll be waiting all my life.

"Melissa, I love you million billions, babe.

"Everything means nothing, if I ain't got you."

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