A MAN accused of murdering a Warsop dad said he wacked him twice with a guitar but claims the fight was no more than a ‘scuffle’, a court was told.
Kelvin Dale (27) admits fighting with Clifford Collinge on the night he was murdered but denies causing the injuries which killed him.
Mr Collinge (61) was found dead with 30 broken ribs and a fractured skull at his home in Sandy Lane just after 10pm on 8th October last year.
Charlotte Collinge is alleged to have taken Dale and two other men back to the house to kill her husband.
Dale, giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, said he saw Charlotte Collinge just after 7pm when he entered the Crate and Grapes wine bar.
He told the court he had earlier purchased some cocaine and had ‘a couple of lines’ in the toilet of the Talbot pub.
CCTV shows Dale behaving in a sexual way with Charlotte Collinge. He said he intended to have sex with her.
Dale explained how he and Stephen Shreeves followed Charlotte Collinge after she was thrown out of the wine bar. He said Charlotte Collinge and Shreeves were kissing.
“She’s taken a shine to Stephen as well so I was thinking that possibly there might be a three-some on the cards,” Dale added.
Dale said the pair were invited back to Charlotte Collinge’s – known as the big house on the hill – for sex.
On arrival at the large detached property Dale said he heard Charlotte Collinge mention something about ‘wanting her husband gone’ but he simply ‘laughed it off’.
Dale said he was surprised to see Mr Collinge and a man known as Stan Boardman in the living room when they entered.
After going up to the bedroom, Dale said Charlotte Collinge’s behaviour changed and she started asking for cocaine.
Dale said: “At the time I thought it wasn’t a bad idea because her mood had changed and it put a dampener on things. I was hoping the cocaine would get us all back in the mood again.”
Dale said Robert Proud then arrived at the house and he left with Charlotte Collinge to buy more cocaine.
When Dale was in the bedroom with Shreeves he claims Mr Boardman came in brandishing a knife which made them ‘uncomfortable’ and they decided to leave.
“As soon as we got down stairs there was a question about kicking a dog,” Dale said.
“Both men stood up. Cliff picked something from the cabinet, I assumed it was a sword and Stan Boardman picked a guitar up.
“I hit Stan Boardman straight in the face with my right fist, it put him on the floor.”
Dale then admitted to striking Mr Collinge with the guitar twice, hitting him in the chest and upper arm area.
Dale said he did not see any assault by Shreeves on Mr Collinge.
As they left Shreeves called Proud to tell him they’d had a fight and the three went to the Hare and Hounds pub at about 9.45pm.
Dale was questioned why they had simply carried on drinking after the incident.
“I just thought it was a bit of a scuffle,” he said.
Dale later used Proud’s jacket to cover up blood splashes on his jumper.
Charlotte Collinge; Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Dale, of Forest Road, Warsop and Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.
The trial continues.