WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife invited men home for sex before they attacked and murdered her husband, court told

Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim
Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim
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A WARSOP woman invited men back to her home for sex before they attacked and murdered her husband, a court was told.

A jury was told today (Thursday) that Charlotte Collinge (44) had spent the afternoon with them in a wine bar on 8th October last year.

Prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said the three men had ‘stormed’ into Clifford Collinge’s sitting area where he was having a drink with friend Stephen Boardman and attacked both men.

Mr Joyce told Nottingham Crown Court: “Stephen Boardman speaks of being hit on the back of his head and being kicked and stomped on. He heard his friend moaning and being dragged into the kitchen before he went unconscious.”

The police received a 999 call to Mr Collinge’s home at just before 10pm and found Charlotte Collinge outside the house with a young boyfriend in a shaken state.

Mr Collinge was found lying in a pool of blood on his kitchen floor and pronounced dead at the scene.

Forty-six separate groups of injuries were found on Mr Collinge’s body, with head injuries including a fractured jaw, a fractured skull and 30 distinct fractures to his ribs.

East Midlands Chief Pathologist Professor Guy Rutty said in his evidence to the court that the cause of death was a combination of head, chest, chest cavity and heart injuries.

He confirmed that many of the injuries could have been caused by a three foot, metal joiner’s strap shown to the jury.

Charlotte Collinge (44), of Sandy Lane, Warsop; Stephen David Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Kelvin Scott Dale (27), of Forest Road, Warsop and Robert Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.

Shreeves, Dale and Proud also deny charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Mr Boardman.

The court was told how earlier on the day of Mr Collinge’s death his wife had confided to a friend at the Fairways pub, Mansfield Woodhouse, that ‘I cannot take any more of him (Mr Collinge). The only way I can get him out of my life is to kill him’.

Mr Joyce also showed the jury CCTV stills of Charlotte Collinge sexually exposing herself to Shreeves and Proud in the Crates and Grapes Wine Bar later that day and told them she was heard making sexual comments.

Mr Joyce said: “She was crying and told the men her husband would not let her get a divorce. Stephen Shreeves and Kelvin Dale would later say to police that she had said she wanted her husband dead.”

At 8.15pm Charlotte Collinge asked to leave by the landlord and all four defendants ended up back at Mr Collinge’s house where they smoked cannabis in her bedroom prior to the alleged attack.

The court was told how the Collinges had been in a relationship for 17 years and married for 14. They had a daughter and a son.

Their relationship was described as ‘tempestuous’, and Mr Joyce said Charlotte Collinge was a drinker and drug user who had extra-marital affairs.

Mr Joyce said friends of the couple spoke of Charlotte Collinge using Mr Collinge for his money and she was quoted as saying ‘I will have that house and have his money by any means whatever to get it’.

The trial continues.