The mother of a beautician murdered by her cage fighter ex has described the horrific moment she heard it happen over the phone.
Andrew Wadsworth, 37, was jailed for life yesterday after stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Belshaw, to death, having accused her of cheating on him.
Crazed Wadsworth, who had binged on cocaine and alcohol, then attempted to murder a neighbour who tried to help – and assaulted police who were called to the scene.
Melissa’s mum Jean, spoke of the moment her 13-year-old granddaughter made a desperate call for help as she witnessed Wadsworth’s sickening attack.
A heartbroken Jean said: “My 13 year old granddaughter rang me for help, saying that her mother was being stabbed.
“I could actually hear Wadsworth screaming and yelling in the background as he stabbed her – I felt so helpless.
“I heard the police helicopter overhead – and prayed it was not for my daughter. I jumped in the car and drove to Melissa’s.
“I thought I could go in the house and save her – I thought she was injured. I never imagined she was dead. It hit me like a sledgehammer.
“I had to tell my granddaughter that her mummy had gone to the angels.
“Andrew Wadsworth took away my only daughter, and I can never forgive him. He is the devil incarnate.”
Melissa was the youngest of Jean’s three children. As a child, she was a tomboy, climbing trees and getting into scrapes with her brothers.
At 17, she had a daughter.
Jean, 57, says: “During the pregnancy, we discovered that the baby had a bowel condition, and would need urgent surgery.
“Melissa and I both took it in turns to be with my granddaughter at the hospital, for three months, until she was well enough to come home.
“Melissa really grew up in that time and she settled down. I was immensely proud of her. She got a house near to me and I saw her every day. She was a brilliant mum and she and her daughter were inseparable.”
Melissa trained as a mobile beautician and used her wages to save for cosmetic surgery.
Jean says: “Melissa was beautiful, absolutely stunning, but she had no self-confidence. She hated her flat chest and so she saved for a boob job. She also had her teeth done. I used to joke with her that she was more fake than real!
“We had a good giggle together.”
Two years ago Melissa met a new partner, Wadsworth, who is a former mixed martial arts fighter.
Jean says: “Melissa told me she had a date with a new bloke, and I saw him pull up outside. He opened her door for her, and he seemed like a real gentleman.
“When I met him, he was really polite, I thought he was lovely.”
But a few months later, Wadsworth vanished – and when Jean Googled his name, she discovered he had been in prison for a violent burglary.
Jean says: “I was absolutely shocked; he didn’t seem like that sort of bloke at all. I confronted Melissa and she admitted he was back in prison for breaching his probation. I told her she must steer clear of him and she agreed.”
But Melissa continued to see him, believing that Wadsworth had turned over a new leaf. Jean strongly objected – and banned Wadsworth from her home.
Jean says: “I knew Melissa was seeing him and I was really unhappy about it. She was infatuated by him. But then, he was recalled to prison once again, and this time, Melissa seemed to see sense.
“She saw it as a new start and she began making plans to open her own beauty parlour. She had found a premises and was really excited about it.
“My granddaughter was 13 and doing really well at school. Life was going so well.”
But in March last year, Wadsworth was again released from prison.
Jean says: “Melissa told me that Wadsworth had been hassling her, but that she would have nothing to do with him.
“But on May 20, she asked if I would look after my granddaughter, because Wadsworth was calling round to see her. I was angry. I didn’t want him anywhere near her.
“My granddaughter spent a few hours with me, before going home at around 2pm. I told her to call me when she got back.
“I didn’t hear from her, and I had an uneasy feeling, and I kept ringing and ringing her. There was no reply. I just thought I was being neurotic – it wasn’t unusual for a teenager not to answer a phone.
“But at 3.20pm, my granddaughter called me, hysterical, saying Wadsworth was stabbing her mum. I could actually hear him in the background, shouting threats.
“I called the police but I could already hear the police helicopter overhead. I jumped in my car, praying Melissa was not too badly hurt.
“But when I arrived at the house, the police told me she was gone. I had to break the news to my granddaughter and tell her that Mummy was with the angels.
“As well as making the 999 call, she had tried to do CPR on her mother, whilst Wadsworth watched her, with the knife in his hand.
“I took my granddaughter back home with me. We were in shock.”
After stabbing Melissa, Wadsworth attacked a passer-by who smashed his way into the house and rescued her daughter.
He also assaulted two police officers.
He was tried at Manchester Crown Court, and found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and two counts of assault. He was found not guilty of attempting to murder Melissa’s daughter.
Wadsworth claimed in court that he had lost control after revelations about Melissa’s sex life – claims which were later disproven and criticised by the trial judge.
Jean says: “I had to sit through the trial and listen to him claim that my daughter was a prostitute and that she had a sugar daddy. It was all lies – all designed to help him get away with murder.
“But the jury saw him for what he was.”
Sentencing him to life imprisonment, Mrs Justice Yip said: “At trial, you painted a very negative picture of Ms Belshaw as you set out to shift responsibility away from you and to blame her for what happened. Some of the things you claimed were demonstrably false.
“Your character assassination undoubtedly went beyond anything that was justified. You had