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Cage fighter stabbed his ex to death after ‘being overwhelmed by revelations about her sex life’

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A FORMER cage fighter yesterday claimed he stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death after being overwhelmed by revelations about her sex life.

Andrew Wadsworth, 37, told a court he lost control when beautician Melissa Belshaw admitted being a sex worker “at some level” while they were together.

He claimed she also confessed to having sex with two of her relatives.

He said: “I never felt such an intense feeling of being overwhelmed.”

Ms Belshaw, 32, had told Wadsworth earlier she received £1,200 a week for spending two hours with a sugar daddy but denied being an escort, Manchester crown court heard.

Wadsworth said Ms Belshaw confessed to having multiple partners and admitted helping to set up a robbery in which he broke his back.

He accepts killing her in a bedroom at her Wigan home after boozing and taking cocaine.

But he denies murder, insisting: “I didn’t intend to kill.”

He also denies trying to murder a neighbour of Ms Belshaw and threatening her daughter, 13.

The trial continues.

HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:

Women's Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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