Dad jailed for life for killing daugh­ter’s mum

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AMAN who stabbed the mother of his child to death has been sentenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

An­dre Bright, 30, stabbed Vic­to­ria Adams in the chest and ab­domen at her home on Spring­wood Hall Close, Fit­ton Hill, in De­cem­ber 2013.

Their four-month-old daugh­ter was sleep­ing up­stairs at the time.

Bright, of Fal­mouth Street, Hather­shaw, had a shock­ing his­tory of vi­o­lence, stab­bing at­tacks and abuse to­wards his part­ners.

He must now serve a life sen­tence – with a min­i­mum of 17 years – after a jury at Manch­ester Crown Court unan­i­mously found him guilty of Vic­to­ria’s mur­der. Sen­tenc­ing Bright, Judge Jus­tice Susan Carr said he had taken away the life a ‘popular and hard-work­ing girl who so many loved’.

She said: “It is clear you had a propen­sity for vi­o­lence, and this was sheer vi­o­lence.

“I’m quite sat­is­fied, An­dre Bright, that you in­tended to kill Vic­to­ria Adams when you stabbed her.

“You stabbed her deeply not once, but twice, with a sharp knife in her chest and in her ab­domen.

“The list of your pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions is shock­ing.

“You have a very se­ri­ous his­tory of vi­o­lent of­fend­ing.”

Judge Jus­tice Carr also praised the courage shown by Vic­to­ria’s fam­ily through­out the or­deal.

She said: “She was a hard worker with a vi­brant so­cial life with many, many friends.

“So many peo­ple loved her and have had their hearts bro­ken.”

Bright, whose pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­cluded as­sault­ing a preg­nant part­ner, showed no emo- tion as the ver­dict was read out, while mem­bers of Vic­to­ria’s fam­ily and friends screamed with joy and re­lief.

Vic­to­ria had told friends she feared Bright was ‘go­ing to kill her’ just two days be­fore her mur­der.

The fa­ther-of-four kept his ca­sual re­la­tion­ship with Vic­to­ria – who he met when she was 16 and he was 23 – a se­cret from his wife and had been hav­ing sex with sev­eral dif­fer­ent part­ners. The jury re­jected his claim that he had been hold­ing the knife when he and Vic­to­ria ran into each other.

He was also found guilty of at­tack­ing a bouncer with an afro comb when he was re­fused en­try into Bar 101 in Old­ham just hours be­fore the mur­der.

An­dre Bright and, right, Vic­to­ria Adams


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