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Victoria Adams murder: Andre Bright jailed for stabbing girlfriend

Andre Bright Image copyright Gmp
Image caption Andre Bright was also found guilty of assaulting a bouncer

A man has been jailed for 17 years for stabbing his girlfriend to death in Greater Manchester.

Police found Victoria Adams, 22, with wounds to her chest and abdomen at her home in Springwood Hall Road, Oldham on 8 December 2013.

She was taken to hospital for treatment where she suffered a cardiac arrest and died, police said.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court found Andre Bright, 30, of Falmouth Street, Oldham, guilty of her murder.

Two days before her death, Ms Adams told friends Bright had thrown a bottle at her, degraded her by spitting in her face and taunted her by saying he was going to sleep with her friends, the court heard.

Prosecutors said the defendant was "extremely drunk" and suffering from the effects of cocaine at the time of the attack.

'Psychotic incident'

Police said Bright had been on a night out in Oldham town centre on Saturday, 7 December 2013.

He had stayed at a house in Royton before catching a taxi to Ms Adams' home the next morning.

Ambulance crews called police after they found her conscious and breathing but with a stab wound.

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Image caption Police found Victoria Adams, 22, with stab wounds at the Oldham property

When officers arrived, Bright was in the living room and he was arrested.

Bright gave no comment as he was interviewed but provided a defence statement last April.

It said his case was set out as "a combination of accident and psychotic incident" in that he acted unconsciously and was not in control of his actions.

Bright was also found guilty of assaulting bouncer Matthew Wilkinson, causing him actual bodily harm, after he attacked him with a comb when he was refused entry to a bar.

Following sentencing, Det Ch Insp Howard Millington of Greater Manchester Police said: "Bright's relationship with Victoria had been described as volatile and his family members had noticed he had recently been drinking heavily and taking drugs.

"Victoria had a young daughter and, tragically, she will grow up never really knowing who she was."

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