This is the shocking moment a violent murderer pursues a Good Samaritan down the street moments after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.
Killer Andrew Wadsworth was captured on damning CCTV footage just minutes after knifing Melissa Belshaw to death in her upstairs bedroom in front of the mum’s 13-year-old daughter.
The cocaine-addled 37-year-old left the popular beautician fatally bleeding under a pile of clothes and then went on the rampage outside.
In this video, released for the first time, former cage fighter Wadsworth chases innocent passer-by Gerard Bristow down the road.
The Merseysider is barefooted, making it difficult for him to run off, and he frantically backs off along the pavement as the killer runs directly at him, swiping with the kitchen knife.
Wadsworth viciously swings the blade, missing Mr Bristow, who puts his hands up to defend himself.
Moments later, he was pinned to the floor and repeatedly stabbed by the murderer, leaving him seriously wounded.
Cars drive past as the chaos ensues and Wadsworth has a steely look on his face as he runs for Mr Bristow.
During the trial, Mr Bristow told jurors he ‘needed to go and make sure everyone was alright’.
Mr Bristow described how he saw Wadsworth emerge from the house, after climbing through a broken glass window.
Describing his demeanour, Mr Bristow said: “He just didn’t seem like he was with it.
“He seemed drunk, or maybe he had taken something, I’m not too sure.
“Within a heartbeat he just ran towards myself.”
Mr Bristow suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries and needed surgery.
The CCTV was released by police this afternoon following the sentencing of the ex-martial arts performer who was jailed for life for murdering Miss Belshaw at her home on Upholland Road, Billinge.
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The Wigan man was ordered to serve a minimum of 32 years for killing the beautician, who was planning to open a new salon in north Liverpool and who had a strong affinity with the city.
Today, detectives working on the tragic case said Wadsworth’s actions were “despicable” and commended van driver Kevin Moores who rescued Miss Belshaw’s 13-year-old daughter from the murder scene and Mr Bristow for also bravely venturing over to investigate.
They added that “prison was the right place for him.”
Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe, of Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “I would like to start by saying that our thoughts remain with Melissa’s loved ones – in particular her daughter who witnessed this incident.
“They are, understandably, devastated by what happened to Melissa.
“Specialist officers have supported them throughout our investigation and this prosecution. I hope today’s result provides them with a sense of justice.
“I would also like to commend the members of the public who tried to intervene.
“It takes incredible courage to put your own life at risk to save another’s.
“Wadsworth’s attacks on both Melissa and the man were extremely violent.
“Prison is the right place for him.
“I hope during his time behind bars he spends a significant amount reflecting on his despicable actions.”
Wadsworth, who had only just been released from jail two months before the murder, showed no emotion as he was led to the cells this afternoon.
The professional criminal had become a free man in March, earlier this year, after serving a 15 year stretch for robberies at a bookies and pharmacy in Liverpool, and for a shocking robbery during which a paving slab was hurled through a front door and a young couple bludgeoned over the head with a hammer and baseball bat.
That victim suffered a brain injury.
Wadsworth had tried to claim he lost control after learning disclosures about Miss Belshaw’s sex life and his belief she had a part in a set-up robbery at his own home during which he broke is back jumping from an upstairs window.
But the judge and prosecutors questioned the claims, describing them as “recycled accusations” which amounted to a character assassination of Ms Belshaw in an attempt to “shift the blame.”
Fuelled by cocaine and alcohol, Wadsworth subjected Miss Belsaw to a prolonged attack with a large kitchen knife in her bedroom.
Wadsworth admitted stabbing Miss Belshaw but relied on a partial defence to murder of a loss of control.
Friends said Ms Belshaw was on the verge of setting up a beauty salon in the Kirkdale area and regularly visited a well-known hairdressers in Walton.
In a message to friends, just a day or two before her murder, Ms Belshaw wrote: “Never felt as proud, the money and effort put into this.
“Can’t wait for it all to be lit up, my sign in 3D.
“It’s taken me some time to turn my life around, and look what I’ve done.
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“Opened my shop myself, then onto another in Liverpool.
“I deserve every moment of this.”