Dad jailed for life for killing daughter’s mum
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