WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Defendant told lies to protect co-accused, court told

.Police on Sandy Lane Warsop
.Police on Sandy Lane Warsop

A MAN accused of bludgeoning a Warsop dad to death told a string of lies to police in a bid to protect a co-defendant, a court was told.

Stephen Shreeves (40) is one of four people on trial for the murder of Cliff Collinge who was found dead at his home in Sandy Lane on 8th August last year.

It is alleged Mr Collinge’s wife Charlotte (45) took three men back to their home to kill him.

Shreeves, giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, admitted lying to police by saying only he and Kelvin Dale had gone back to the house with Charlotte Collinge.

He later confessed Robert ‘Bobby’ Proud had joined them but said he played no part the violence. He said Proud and Charlotte Collinge left to buy cocaine before things ‘kicked off’.

Shreeves said he punched Mr Collinge after being attacked with metal object. He said Mr Collinge’s friend Stan Boardman was also punched but claims neither were seriously injured when he and Dale left.

Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, claims all four defendants were at the house when Mr Collinge was killed and were ‘in it together’.

Mr Joyce said: “Your story now completely exonerates Bobby Proud so what was the need to lie and lie and lie about him?”

Shreeves replied: “We wanted to keep him out of it. It was naive. He was at the premises but wasn’t involved in the fight.”

Mr Joyce questioned Shreeves on how his blood was found upstairs in the house. Shreeves claimed he had left straight after hitting Mr Collinge downstairs.

“Why did you go upstairs?” Mr Joyce asked. “Was it to tell Charlotte Collinge that the job was done?” Shreeves said: “I never went back upstairs.”

“How did your blood appear on the bed?” Mr Joyce continued. “I can’t answer that,” Shreeves said.

Under cross examination from Stuart Rafferty QC, Charlotte Collinge’s defence, Shreeves was asked about his mood when Mr Collinge attacked him.

Mr Rafferty said: “You went to that house fully expecting to have sex with Mrs Collinge. There’s no sex, there’s no cocaine. You are confronted by two angry, drunken, armed men.

“When Mr Collinge attacked you, all that frustration and anger had to have an outlet?” Shreeves said: “There was no frustration or anger.”

Charlotte Collinge; Shreeves, of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Dale (27), of Forest Road, Warsop and Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder. The trial continues.