THE wife of a Warsop man brutally murdered in his home ‘hated the ground he walked on and wanted him dead’, a court was told today (Wednesday).
Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead at Sandy Lane, Warsop, on 8th October last year.
It is alleged Charlotte Collinge (44) invited three men back to their home before they attacked and murdered her husband.
Mr Collinge received 46 separate injuries caused by a metal clamp, a guitar, strangling and stamping.
Jessica Dawkins, a friend of the couple, gave evidence at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday and said Charlotte Collinge was desperate to get her husband ‘out of her life’.
“She wanted to leave, she didn’t want to live in their house anymore,” Miss Dawkins said.
“She said he smelled and was un-hygienic. She hated him trying it on with her.
“She hated the bones that he walked in, she didn’t like him, she didn’t love him and didn’t want to be with him anymore.
“She said she wanted him out of her life and said if he wasn’t to kill her, she would kill him first.“She said she wanted him dead, she hated the ground he walked on.
“She was irate and upset. I thought it was a joke but looking back now, I don’t know.”
Miss Hawkins said she had joked with Charlotte Collinge about ‘bumping Cliff off’ in his sleep with pills to ‘make it look like an accident’.
“I made a comment about Michael Jackson’s GP getting away with it,” Miss Dawkins said.
“I was joking and thought she was joking.
“I said we could get some sleeping tablets and we could bump him off and we both laughed.”
On the day Mr Collinge was murdered, Miss Dawkins went with the couple to the Fairways pub in Mansfield Woodhouse.
When Mr Collinge left the bar for a cigarette, Miss Dawkins said Charlotte Collinge again spoke about killing her husband.
Miss Dawkins said: “She seemed distracted, she seemed fed up. Her behaviour was erratic towards the end of the afternoon. She seemed desperate.
“She said she’d had enough of Cliff and wanted her out of her life. She said she’d kill him.
“It was said with venom and anger, she was furious, not happy.
“I was a bit shocked to be honest. I thought is this woman for real or am I being paranoid?”
The court was told Charlotte Collinge was a recovering alcoholic and was a heavy user of cannabis.
She had started a relationship with a man in his 20s called Jamie Belshaw but carried on living with Mr Collinge.
Charlotte Collinge would also regularly bring ‘random’ men to the house for drinking, sex and drug smoking sessions.
Charlotte Collinge; Stephen Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Kelvin Dale (27), of Forest Road, Warsop and Robert Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.
The trial continues.