CLIFF COLLINGE MURDER: Warsop woman jailed for minimum of 23 years for plotting to kill husband

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A WARSOP woman convicted of murdering her wealthy husband has been jailed for life at Nottingham Crown Court today (Tuesday).

Charlotte Collinge (45) took two men back to Sandy Lane in the town to murder 61-year-old Clifford on 8th October last year.

Her husband suffered 46 separate injuries in the frenzied attack.

Charlotte Collinge, Stephen Shreeves (40) and 27-year-old Kelvin Dale were convicted of his murder last week.

Today, Collinge was jailed for a minimum of 23 years, with Shreeves and Dale each told they must serve at least 18 years behind bars.

Passing sentence, Judge Mr Justice Treacy said: “The murder of Clifford Collinge in his own home was a truly shocking offence.

“On the evidence I have heard, I’m satisfied he was a man who offered no harm to any of you and who indeed had, over a number of years, tolerated the wilful and manipulative behaviour of an unfaithful wife.

“He was brutally attacked by two men, fuelled with illegal drugs and alcohol, who probably didn’t even know his name. It was a sustained and severe beating.”

In respect of Shreeves and Dale, Judge Treacy added: “I accept the premeditation was not lengthy, at most 30 minutes before the murder. I accept it was not their idea but the brutal execution was theirs.”

Sentencing Charlotte Collinge, Judge Treacy said: “In my judgement this was not a killing with careful planning in the long term. The facts of the case show it was far from careful planning. But for a period of time before the murder the thought of his death was on your mind.

“You were also motivated by the dislike and contempt for your husband and a strong desire to be out of your marriage and rid of him.”

Shreeves and Dale were also convicted of assaulting Mr Collinge’s friend Stephen ‘Stan’ Boardman, who was at the house at the time of the attack, for which they received a two year sentence to run concurrently.

Full story in tomorrow’s Chad.