A CAGE fighter has today been found guilty of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death in front of her teen daughter in a coke-fuelled horror attack.
Andrew Wadsworth, 37, killed Melissa Belshaw, 32, in the front bedroom of her home in Billinge, Wigan, after binging on cocaine and booze.
The ex-professional mixed martial arts fighter had flown into a rage when he discovered what he claimed were "shock" disclosures about her sex life.
Wadsworth was today found guilty of murdering Melissa at Manchester Crown Court.
He was also convicted of attempting to murder a hero neighbour who tried to intervene in the street, but found not guilty of threatening to kill Melissa's 13-year-old daughter.
Jurors heard how Wadsworth began dating beautician Melissa in March 2018.
The thug had been released from jail on licence the previous November following convictions in 2011 for robbery, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, aggravated burglary and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was recalled to prison in January 2019 after a positive drugs test for cocaine and then released again on March 4 this year after a parole hearing.
Just two months later, he launched into the frenzied knife attack on Melissa.
Jurors were told Wadsworth was "magnetically attracted" to Melissa but the pair had a "volatile relationship which was dependent on their mutual interest in drink, drugs and sex."
Wadsworth said he felt "humiliated and betrayed" after claiming his ex admitted to being a sex worker "at some level".
He also claimed she told him she had multiple partners.
But prosecutors described his claims as "no more than recycled accusations" used to "shift blame".
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Melissa died from a "series of deliberate stab wounds " which had been inflicted with " severe force".
The court was told the mum had made "a futile attempt to defend herself" during the horror on May 20 this year.
A passer-by smashed through the front door of the house after hearing the screams of Melissa's daughter inside.
Melissa's body was then discovered in the bedroom, while the teen was found "trapped in the house with the man who had just murdered her mother".
Once Wadsworth fled, he was captured on CCTV stabbing neighbour Gerard Bristow in the street.
Prosecutor Tim Storrie said: "In the aftermath of the killing, Wadsworth came out into the street.
"He was still armed. He was still dangerous and his intentions were plainly still murderous."
The jury had heard that Wadsworth admitted killing Melissa but claimed he was not guilty of murder because he had acted " instinctively " and suffered a " loss of control."
Mr Storrie said: "Melissa Belshaw wasn't killed in a single instance of violence. The attack upon her was prolonged, remorseless and deliberate."
Wadsworth will be sentenced tomorrow.
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