WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife found guilty of murdering husband Clifford Collinge

Charlotte Collinge
Charlotte Collinge
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WARSOP woman Charlotte Collinge and two men have been found guilty of the murder of her wealthy husband.

After a six week trial, the jury of seven men and five women returned unanimous verdicts at Nottingham Crown Court this morning (Monday).

Stephen Shreeves

Stephen Shreeves

Charlotte Collinge (45), of Sandy Lane; Stephen Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop and Kelvin Dale (27), of Forest Road, Warsop, were all found guilty of murdering 61-year-old Clifford Collinge at his home on 8th October last year.

Shreeves (top picture) and Dale (middle picture) were also found guilty of assaulting Mr Collinge’s friend Stephen ‘Stan’ Boardman who was at the house at the time of the attack.

A fourth defendant, Robert Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, was found not guilty of murder and assault.

Mr Collinge (bottom picture) was found dead with 46 separate injuries including 30 broken ribs and a fractured skull. A metal clamp and a guitar were used as weapons.

Kelvin Dale

Kelvin Dale

The trial heard how Charlotte Collinge met the men in the Crates and Grapes wine bar, flirted with them then took them back to the house for sex.

The prosecution said a plan to kill Mr Collinge was made once they got back to the large detached property.

Mr Collinge was worth about £1m - most of which would have gone to Charlotte Collinge if he died.

Temporary Superintendent Kate Meynell, who led the investigation, said: “Clifford Collinge suffered a violent death in his own home following a frenzied, yet entirely unprovoked attack.

Murder victim Clifford Collinge

Murder victim Clifford Collinge

“Shreeves and Dale, at the behest of Mr Collinge’s wife, took it upon themselves to carry out this wicked and senseless act, inflicting devastating injuries upon their victim.

“This was not only an act of violence, but one of betrayal on the part of Charlotte Collinge, the result of which has torn her own family apart.

“Our sympathies are very much with the relatives and friends of Mr Collinge, who have lost a loved one and seen someone they once trusted convicted for their part in his murder.”

The trio will be sentenced on 31st July.

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