Melissa Belshaw Wiki – Melissa Belshaw Biography
Melissa Belshaw suffered devastating injuries at her home in Billinge. A neighbour of a beautician stabbed to death by her cage fighter ex-boyfriend has told a jury he believes her assailant intended to kill him too.
Shortly before, Andrew Wadsworth, 37, knifed mum-of-one Melissa Belshaw in a “prolonged, remorseless attack” in the front bedroom of her home in Billinge, Wigan, on the afternoon of May 20.
She is 32 years old.
Melissa Belshaw Stabbed
Ms Belshaw’s terrified 13-year-old daughter cried for help from the locked terrace house and a passer-by used a hammer to smash a front door window and pull the teenager to safety, Manchester Crown Court was told.
Neighbour Gerard Bristow joined the passer-by, van driver Kevin Moores, outside as Wadsworth remained inside the property in Upholland Road.
Wadsworth said to have been released days earlier from prison, later climbed through the broken window and “guzzled” a can of Coke left on a wall.
Stood a distance away, Mr Bristow, 46, told the court he asked the defendant a couple of times whether the woman inside the house was OK.
He said: “His answer on the second or third time was ‘all I want to know is where is the Scouser next door?”‘
Mr Bristow had told police the body language of Wadsworth, who he had never met, suggested he had been drinking or taking drugs and he thought he did not pose a threat.
But he said “within a heartbeat”, Wadsworth ran towards him and pulled out a large knife as he back-pedalled in his flip-flops and tumbled to the floor, with the defendant stabbing at him. Giving evidence, he said: “I think he launched at me because I was asking questions.
“I think the reason he did not pose a great threat was that I had a guy next to me with a hammer.”
Andrew O’Byrne QC, cross-examining, said: “You told the police you thought he intended to kill you.”
Mr Bristow said: “Yes, once I fell on the ground and he continued to stab at my head and chest.”
He said: “It is clear that either he intended to cause you serious injury or if you are right, he intended to kill you.”
Mr Bristow replied: “Yes, I would say to kill me.”