Melissa Belshaw died on May 20 this year (Image: MEN Media)

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A woman admitted having a 'sugar daddy' before she was killed by her former partner, a jury heard.

Andrew Wadsworth, 37, accepts that he killed 32-year-old Melissa Belshaw, but denies murdering her.

A court heard that former cage fighter Wadsworth "lost control" before the fatal attack on May 20 this year having learned 'shock' disclosures about her sex life, Manchester Evening News reported.

Jurors were told 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.

Manchester Crown Court heard of a string of messages sent in September last year in which Wadsworth accused Ms Belshaw of being a sex worker. 

Texts sent by the 32-year-old were read out in court
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"You are a prostitute, you know you are and you f***** loads of people", the text reads.

She replied: "Ha ha ha, I sell my body, are you f****** mad."

Jurors also heard about messages sent in the days before Ms Belshaw's death.

On May 15 she told Wadsworth: "I have loved you and always will in my head.

"You are my boy. I promise I have never slept behind your back."

In another message she said: "Andrew I just had a sugar daddy, that's all I used to have before I saw you.

"And that is that. The truth is out now. Boom."

She added: "He sends me money every Monday, well used to.

"And I see him once a week for two hours."

Wadsworth replied: "I will never tell anyone, I'm not like that, you know that.

"I can't believe you are f****** him."

The trial is being heard at Manchester Crown Court
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Jurors were told that the defendant had been released from prison two months before the incident at Ms Belshaw's home in Wigan.

In a statement read to the court, Ms Belshaw's mother said she had seen Wadsworth in May.

She said he "sounded weird like he was on something".

The mum said she had been told Wadsworth had "grabbed" Ms Belshaw "by the throat" and "poured Lucozade over her head".

"I was a bit concerned but Melissa said she was okay," she said.

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.

Jurors heard that Wadsworth received a prison sentence in November 2011, from which he was released on licence in November 2017.

They were told he had been recalled to prison in January last year and was released on March 4 to 'probation approved premises'.

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

The trial will continue next week.