A key witness in the murder of Warsop man Clifford Collinge collapsed while giving evidence today, moments after blurting out that he did not kill him.
Stephen ‘Stan’ Boardman - who is not facing any charges - was being questioned by defence barrister, Paul Greaney QC, at the trial of Charlotte Collinge (48), Stephen Shreeves (43) and Kelvin Dale (30), who are accused of murdering 61-year-old Clifford Collinge on the night of 8th October, 2011.
The prosecution claim Mr Collinge’s wife, Charlotte, had met Shreeves and Dale in a pub in Warsop that night, and had lured them back to her marital home on Sandy Lane for sex and to kill her husband.
Clifford Collinge was later killed in his kitchen after being beaten with a guitar and a joiner’s sash clamp. All three defendants deny murder.
Mr Boardman had been drinking in the house with Mr Collinge when the attack is said to have taken place.
Mr Boardman said he was knocked unconscious at the time of the killing.
But as Mr Greaney began quizzing him about the events, Mr Boardman became visibly agitated saying: “I did not kill Cliff, and I certainly did not want him to die like that.
“Whoever did this probably hated him or wanted his money.
“I was there because he was someone to have a drink with, for God’s sake, give me a break.
“I did not kill Cliff, I have lost a good friend. All I wanted to do was support him and do what I can, please do not judge me.”
The judge, Mrs Justice Thirlwall, then agreed to halt proceedings for a 15 minute recess so Mr Boardman could take medication for his epilepsy.
However, Mr Boardman, who was also wearing a neckbrace, then collapsed in the waiting area.
Prior to that, Boardman had told the jury that he had been drinking in the house with Clifford Collinge on the evening of his death, but had been knocked unconscious from behind.
He had said that Charlotte Collinge had returned home with three men that evening and had gone straight upstairs without any words being exchanged between anyone.
Mr Boardman said that he felt something hit him around the back of the head, and the next thing he remembers is being woken up by his dog licking his face.
He was later taken to King’s Mill Hospital with injuries to his shoulder, back and a gash on his right hand.
He was initially arrested in connection with Mr Collinge’s death and says he spent 48 hours in custody before being released.
The trial continues.