ONE of three men accused of murdering a Warsop dad left the scene to buy cocaine and was told not to come back because it was ‘kicking off’, a court was told.
Clifford Collinge (61) was battered to death at his home on Sandy Lane on 8th October last year. His wife Charlotte (44) and three men are charged with his murder.
On Thursday morning, day six of the trial, the jury heard evidence from a man who saw all four defendants on the night Mr Collinge was killed.
Peter Redfern had received phone calls during the day from Kelvin Dale and Robert Proud who were attempting to buy cocaine from him. Mr Redfern also saw Dale, Proud, Stephen Shreeves and Charlotte Collinge in the Crate and Grapes pub that evening.
Mr Redfern later saw Dale, Shreeves and Charlotte Collinge outside the Co-op store as they made their way to the Collinges’ house at about 8.45pm.
Giving evidence, Mr Redfern admitted shouting to Dale and Shreeves as they left the shop: “I know where you’re going you dirty sods.”
Mr Redfern said Dale responded by putting his thumbs up.
“It was my impression they were going back to the house for sex,” Mr Redfern said.
The court was told how Proud, who is alleged to have followed his co-defendants to the large detached house at Sandy Lane, called Mr Redfern from the property just after 9pm.
Mr Redfern said Proud asked him to bring two grams of cocaine to the end of the driveway but they agreed to meet in the Nisa supermarket car park. Mr Redfern said Proud purchased the drugs for £60.
The court was told how Mr Redfern spoke to Proud two days after Mr Collinge was murdered. Proud explained to Mr Redfern he had received a phone call from Shreeves after buying the cocaine where Shreeves said, ‘don’t come back to Charlotte’s house, it’s all kicking off’.
Proud told Mr Redfern he didn’t go back to the house and met with Dale and Shreeves at the Church Warsop Sports and Social club at around 10pm. Mr Collinge was found dead with 46 brutal injuries at around the same.
Mr Redfern said Proud told him there was blood on his jacket because he gave it to Dale to cover his bloodied jumper.
Charlotte Collinge; Stephen Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Kelvin Dale (27),of Forest Road, Warsop and Robert Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.
The trial continues.