A MAN accused of murdering a Warsop dad was seen with blood on both sleeves of his jumper but claims the victim was not bleeding follow their fight, a court was told.
Kelvin Dale (27) has admitted hitting Cliff Collinge twice with a guitar but denies causing the injuries that killed him.
Mr Collinge (61) was found dead in a pool of blood with 46 separate injuries at his home in Sandy Lane on 8th October last year.
It is alleged Charlotte Collinge (45) took Dale and two other men back to the house to murder her husband.
Dale, giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, told the jury Mr Collinge was not seriously injured when he and Stephen Shreeves left the house.
Stuart Rafferty QC, defending Charlotte Collinge, asked Dale why he had sent a text message to friend David Bedford saying ‘they were in a mess’.
Dale said: “I was saying the whole thing was a mess. Basically they were on the floor.”
Mr Rafferty continued: “If they were lying on the floor, bleeding, then you might say they were in a mess wouldn’t you?”
Dale said: “I didn’t see any injuries or blood.”
Earlier in the trial the jury heard how a number of witnesses saw blood splashes on the sleeves of Dale’s jumper when he was in the Hare and Hounds pub.
As Dale, Shreeves and Robert Proud made their way to Church Warsop Sports and Social Club, Dale put on Proud’s coat to cover up the blood.
The court heard how Dale had a cut on his left hand and Shreeves had a cut on his wrist following the fight.
Mr Rafferty said: “How did a cut from your left finger get blood on your right sleeve?”
Dale replied: “Maybe from walking. It could have been my blood or Stephen’s blood.”
Charlotte Collinge; Shreeves, (40) of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Dale, of Forest Road, Warsop and Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.
The trial continues.