TWO men accused of murdering a Warsop dad claim they were attacked with a sword and a guitar after one of them kicked a dog, a court was told today (Wednesday).
Stephen Shreeves and Kelvin Dale are both charged with killing Clifford Collinge (61) who was found dead at his home on Sandy Lane on 8th October last year.
It is alleged Mr Collinge’s wife Charlotte (45) took Shreeves, Dale and Robert Proud back to the property to kill her husband.
Mr Collinge was found dead with 46 brutal injuries just after 10pm.
On Wednesday morning, day 10 of the trial, Nottingham Crown Court heard from a number of witnesses who spoke with Shreeves and Dale on the night of the murder and the following morning.
Dale Gibbons, who had been with all four defendants in the Crate and Grapes wine bar earlier that evening, called Shreeves and Dale after he saw police outside the Collinge’s house.
Mr Gibbons was told by Shreeves that an argument started because Dale had kicked a dog.
He said Mr Collinge attacked them with a sword and Stephen ‘Stan’ Boardman, who was also at the house, started to swing a guitar at them.
A friend of the defendants, David Bedford, contacted Shreeves the following morning and asked him what had happened.
A text from Shreeves said: “Wrong place, wrong time duck. Story of my life.”
A later message said: “Only wanted my end away, ended up getting hacked with a sword.”
In a phone conversation, Shreeves told Mr Bedford: “We went to the house, she said no one was in. We got there and she left for booze or drugs.
“Next minute the husband comes in with Stan Boardman waving a sword about. He wasn’t happy that we were there.
“I thought it was a set up, like a honey trap.”
Shreeves said he hit Mr Collinge and Dale hit Mr Boardman.
“I’ve banged him one and knocked him out,” Shreeves told Mr Bedford. “Kelv hit Stan.”
Shreeves told Mr Bedford both men weren’t seriously injured when they left.
The following day a man called Kyle Pike sent a series of text messages after he heard Mr Collinge had been murdered.
One text from Mr Pike to Shreeves said: “I’ve heard you and Kelv are the main suspects for a murder enquiry.”
Shreeves replied: “So I’ve heard duck.”
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.