Ex-cage fighter ‘tried to murder neighbour who overheard mum’s horrendous screams’

Gerard Bristow, 46, says he heard ‘horrendous screams’ the day Melissa Belshaw (pictured) was killed (Image: MEN MEDIA)

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A neighbour told a murder trial he heard the 'horrendous screams' of a mum 'being killed by her cage fighter ex'.

Gerard Bristow, 46, said he was taking a wrongly delivered parcel to a neighbour when he heard 'screaming' coming from another house on Upholland Road in Wigan.

Prosecutors allege that Andrew Wadsworth, 37, had murdered his ex-partner Melissa Belshaw at her home on the same street, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Ms Belshaw was found dead after suffering a 'series of devastating stab wounds', prosecutors told the jury.

Jurors have heard Wadsworth, a former professional cage fighter who had been released from prison on licence, is accused of attempting to murder Mr Bristow, following the killing of 32-year-old Ms Belshaw.

Ms Belshaw was found dead after suffering a 'series of devastating stab wounds'
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

A resident said they heard the 'most horrendous screams' coming from Ms Belshaw's house.

Mr Bristow's wife said he told her he 'needed to go and make sure everyone was alright', following the incident at about 4pm on May 20.

Mr Bristow claims he saw a man emerge from the house, after climbing through a broken glass window.

Describing the man's demeanour, Mr Bristow claimed: "He just didn't seem like he was with it.

The scene on Upholland Road where Melissa Belshaw was killed
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

"He seemed drunk, or maybe he had taken something, I'm not too sure."

He claims the man said to him: "I just want to know where the Scouser is who lives next door."

Mr Bristow said he was asking the man whether the woman in the house was okay.

"Within a heartbeat he just ran towards myself," Mr Bristow added.

Forensic police officers at the scene of the killing
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

"Within his first couple of steps it seemed he pulled a knife down from his bottom left hand side."

He described the blade as a 'large carving knife'.

"He ran towards me to attack me with the knife," Mr Bristow claims.

Prosecutors have alleged that Wadsworth 'ran at' Mr Bristow before putting him to the floor and stabbing him 'repeatedly'.

He said Kevin Moores, a workman, then 'kicked (Wadsworth) off me'.

Mr Bristow said he believed the man was 'trying to kill' him.

Referencing the aftermath of the incident, Mr Bristow said: "I remember feeling pretty much exhausted and trying to walk back to the house."

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

Floral tributes left for Melissa Belshaw
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Jurors have heard Wadsworth had previously been in a 'volatile' relationship with Ms Belshaw.

The pair, said to have a 'common interest in drink, drugs and sex', had spent a few days together at Ms Belshaw's home before the alleged murder.

Wadsworth claims that he suffered a 'loss of control' after accusing Ms Belshaw of being a 'prostitute', and of allegedly being involved in a 'set up' when he was robbed and injured.

The trial continues.

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