WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wealthy murder victim told wife their relationship was over

Police on Sandy Lane Warsop
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A WARSOP man who was brutally beaten to death in his home had told his wife their relationship was over and asked her to move out, a court was told today (Monday).

Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead with 46 separate injuries at Sandy Lane just after 10pm on 8th August last year.

Charlotte Collinge (45) has denied plotting to kill her husband and taking three men back to the property to kill him.

Stephen Shreeves and Kelvin Dale have admitted fighting with Mr Collinge but deny causing the injuries which killed him.

Robert Proud has admitted being at the house but said he left with Charlotte Collinge to buy cocaine at the time of the violence.

It is alleged Charlotte Collinge wanted her husband dead so she could inherit the £400,000 detached house in Warsop and benefit from other parts of his £1m estate.

The trial at Nottingham Crown Court has heard how divorce proceedings had started.

Charlotte Collinge moved out to live with her 21-year-old boyfriend Jamie Belshaw but moved back in with Mr Collinge two weeks before he was murdered.

Peter Joyce QC prosecuting said it was not possible for Charlotte Collinge to get a divorce while she was living at the marital home and she couldn’t afford to move out.

After Mr Collinge was murdered, police found a note in Charlotte Collinge’s drawer written by her husband which indicated the marriage was over.

It said: “You have made your decision so why waste any more time. Go to him Charlotte you deserve to be happy and I truly mean that.

“Only stipulation I would ask is the next time he beats the living crap out of you, please go somewhere else, not here.”

The jury has been told how Charlotte Collinge phoned Mr Belshaw about nine minutes after finding her husband lying in a pool of blood. It was the first call she made.

Mr Joyce said: “You went back to Cliff after running away from Jamie Belshaw and he is the first person you call when your husband is dying on the floor?”

Charlotte Collinge said: “I was in complete shock, I didn’t know what I was doing.”

Mr Joyce questioned Charlotte Collinge about allegations she told her friend Jessica Dawkins she wanted Mr Collinge dead.

Mr Joyce said: “And soon after this, Cliff is dead.”

Charlotte Collinge said: “Cliff is dead because he took an iron bar from the kitchen and Stephen Shreeves has then taken it off him.”

Mr Joyce said: “How do you know? Were you there?”

Charlotte Collinge replied: “I have read every single statement and pieced it all together. I know what happened, there was a fight.”

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.