This is the moment a violent killer was apprehended by police moments after murdering his former partner in a frenzied knife attack. 

Andrew Wadsworth, 37, will be in his late 60s before he will be considered for release after he was convicted of the murder of 32-year-old Melissa Belshaw in Wigan earlier this week.

The much-loved mum and beautician was attacked in her own home by the former cage fighter who she used to date.

The 32-year-old suffered 'catastrophic injuries' in a brutal killing that was partly witnessed by her terrified teenage daughter.

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Miss Belshaw was left dying under a pile of clothes in the bedroom while cocaine-fuelled Wadsworth stormed outside and repeatedly stabbed innocent Good Samaritan Gerard Bristow.

The 'violent dangerous man', a career criminal with a catalogue of shocking offending was jailed for life on Thursday (December 3) after being convicted of murdering Miss Belshaw and attempting to murder Mr Bristow.

He was found not guilty of making threats to kill Miss Belshaw's daughter.

Branded a 'monster' by Miss Belshaw's devastated family, he must serve a minimum of 32 years behind bars.

Melissa Belshaw

The moment he was caught by police is captured in this photograph, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Up to seven police officers swarm around the suspect on Upholland Road in Billinge, on the border of St Helens and Wigan.

The ex-martial arts expert had climbed out of a broken front window, covered in blood, which had just been smashed by heroic Kevin Moores with a hammer as he rescued Miss Belshaw's terrified and trapped daughter from the house.

Wadsworth picked up a can of Coke left on a wall and drank from it before next launching himself at neighbour Mr Bristow, who had been out delivering a parcel but had ventured over because of the child's screams.

He delivered a 'roundhouse martial arts kick' to one of the officers trying to detain him.

Later, he punched an officer in his cell after being taken to Wigan police station.

Melissa Belshaw with mother Jean Mulvaney
Melissa Belshaw with mother Jean Mulvaney

Jean Mulvaney, Miss Belshaw's mum, described her as a 'beautiful soul, inside and out' who had a 'heart of gold'.

"She was so kind and would have done anything for anyone," she said.

"She was happy and lived life to the full.

"The opening of her new shop was her dream and a turning point in her life.

"Sadly, she never got to open the shop after all her hard work.

"On May 20 my world fell apart.

"Nothing will ever be normal again.

"I am heartbroken and trying to deal with everyone's grief, but I am struggling to deal with my own."

Ms Mulvaney added: "Our family is broken.

Andrew Wadsworth

"Even happy events now bring sadness.

"I feel I am going through hell every day.

"I can't sleep, eat, and getting dressed in a morning is hard.

"I will never come to terms with what has happened and will never forgive.

"My heart will never recover as the loss is too great."