Alleged murderer told police ‘I just flipped’ after woman found stabbed to death

A man accused of killing a woman with multiple stab wounds said he "just flipped" when he found she had alleged sexual encounters while he was in jail, a court heard.

Andrew Wadsworth, 37, denies murdering 32-year-old mum, Melissa Belshaw, in her own home but accepts killing her, the M.E.N reports.

Wadsworth was out of jail for two months taking a knife to Ms Belshaw on Upholland Road in Wigan, Greater Manchester, jurors heard.

On day five of the trial at Manchester Crown Court, Wadsworth's second police interview was read aloud in which he admitted feeling "overwhelmed" at the news of how many alleged sexual encounters Ms Belshaw had while he was in prison.

The court was previously told that Ms Belshaw denied these suggestions.

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When asked did he kill Ms Belshaw, he replied: "Yeah, yeah, yeah yeah," then when asked why, he said: "She was stabbed, she was stabbed and she’s dead isn’t she."

After being asked in the interview why he had attacked Ms Belshaw, Wadsworth said: "I’ll never get over what she did to me whilst I was in prison.

"What she had done to me was she got back into escorting with all these lads who go to the gym, everyone knows.

"I said to her: "I do everything for you, you do nothing for me’.

"I said: "you couldn't even support me through the worst of days’’.

"She was being very selfish about things."

He added: "She told me she had gone to some house party and she had gone there for paid sex and took some GHB and there were many people who had sex with her.

"She said this was going on whilst I was in prison, I just flipped – totally flipped."

The jurors also heard that Ms Belshaw had told Wadsworth earlier that evening that she owed money for drugs, and an earlier robbery where Wadsworth had been attacked had been committed by a member of her family.

Wadsworth said in an interview that Ms Belshaw was using the same knife he used to attack her, to crush the cocaine they used.

He said: "I just said something like “are you for f***ing real”, she got up and tried to get out and I grabbed her shirt.

"I just flipped – I felt so hurt and betrayed and humiliated.

"She tried to twist out of her top. I think I grabbed her with my left hand and I would have grabbed the knife with my left.

"In that moment I didn't have it that I was going to stab her – it just happened literally in ten seconds.

"I was that overwhelmed.

"I never want to harm Melissa, that's not me thinking as I am now.

"Her daughter came into the room and said something like “Andy what have you done to my mummy” and I felt like a sudden realisation of dread."

Jurors have heard that Ms Belshaw died after suffering multiple stab wounds including to her heart, neck and chest, in what prosecutors have described as a 'remorseless' attack.

In the aftermath of Ms Belshaw's death, Wadsworth is also accused of putting a knife to the throat of her 13-year-old daughter and threatening to kill her, before allegedly attempting to murder a man in the street.

Wadsworth, of Cranfield Road, Wigan, denies murder, attempted murder and making threats to kill.

The trial continues.

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