Dramatic moment cage fighter who stabbed beautician ex to death is pinned down by police

This is the moment a cage fighter who launched a frenzied knife attack on his ex was pinned down and caught by police.

Andrew Wadsworth was sentenced to a minimum of 32 years behind bars after he was found guilty of murdering his ex Melissa Belshaw to death in Liverpool.

Miss Belshaw, 32, a beautician, suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in a brutal killing in her bedroom that was partly witnessed by her terrified 13-year-old daughter.

The 32-year-old 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, almost killing him too.

The ‘violent dangerous man’, a career criminal with a catalogue of shocking offending that also spread to Liverpool, was jailed for life on Thursday after being convicted of murdering Miss Belshaw and attempting to murder Mr Bristow.

Branded a ‘monster’ by Miss Belshaw’s devastated family, Wadsworth must serve a minimum of 32 years behind bars.

Today, the Liverpool Echo exclusively revealed a photo which shows when the alleged murderer was apprehended by officers moments after the tragic killing.

The picture depicts two officers struggling to keep hold of the detained person, with some wearing plastic gloves.

Witnesses said Wadsworth looked like he had ‘taken something’ and appeared ‘a funny colour, like pea green, like he had jaundice,’ as he yelled: “Where’s the f* police? Where’s the f* police?”

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 13-year-old 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.

The heavy drug user only started to comply with attending police when a Taser gun was pointed at him.

But he had attempted to fight them off, too, delivering a ’roundhouse martial arts kick’ to one who was trying to detain him.

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

Jean Mulvaney, Miss Belshaw’s mum, has now revealed how she first heard news about the tragedy in a phone call from the child.

She paid tribute to her daughter, describing her as a ‘beautiful soul, inside and out’ who had a ‘heart of gold’.

Ms Mulvaney said: “I remember the day I gave birth to her. She will always be my baby girl.

“She was a beautiful soul, inside and out, and had a heart of gold.

“She was so kind and would have done anything for anyone.”

“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.

“I had to hear my 13-year-old granddaughter tell me on the phone that Melissa had been stabbed and that she had died.

“I can still hear that call in my head.”

“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.”

Referencing her granddaughter, who recently turned 14, she said ‘her world has been turned upside down’.

“Our family is broken. 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.”

The 32-year-old was making positive recent strides in her life, friends and family have said, with ambitious business plans in Wigan and Liverpool.

Details of some of Miss Belshaw’s work plans emerged as she was on the verge of opening up a renovated salon called The Lash Room.

And friends have told how the beautician loved visiting Liverpool, and had her eye on launching another business in the north of the city.

Her devastated family have promised to continue with her beauty business to keep positive thoughts of her alive.