ONE of three men accused of beating a Warsop dad to death labelled the decision to charge him with murder as ‘crazy’, a court was told today (Tuesday).
Cliff Collinge (61) was found dead with 30 broken ribs and a fractured skull at his home in Sandy Lane on 8th October last year.
It is alleged Charlotte Collinge (45) took three men back to the house to kill her husband in order to inherit most of his £1m estate.
Stephen Shreeves (40) and Kelvin Dale (27) admitted going to have sex with Charlotte Collinge but ended up fighting with Mr Collinge. They deny causing the injuries which killed him.
The trial has heard Robert Proud (36) also went back to the house but had left to buy cocaine when the violence broke out.
Giving evidence, Proud told the jury it was his ‘worst nightmare’ to be put in a cell and charged with murder.
He joined the other three at the house at 8.50pm after being told there was a ’party’. Within five minutes Proud left with Charlotte Collinge and the pair made their way back about 9.30pm.
Proud said he was called by Shreeves and told not to come back as there had been a fight. Charlotte Collinge continued to the house and the three men went to the Hare and Hounds pub at 9.45pm. Mr Collinge was found dead at 10pm.
Proud said: “I didn’t see a punch thrown, let alone do anything myself. It’s crazy. It’s my worst nightmare. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Charlotte Collinge; Shreeves, of Laurel Avenue; Kelvin Dale, of Forest Road and Proud, of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.
The trial continues.