WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: ‘This was not a fight, this was a brutal attack’, court told.

Police on Sandy Lane, Warsop
Police on Sandy Lane, Warsop

A WARSOP dad was brutally murdered in a planned attack, not by accident in a fight a prosecutor has said in his closing remarks to a jury.

Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead with 46 separate injuries at his home on Sandy Lane on 8th October last year.

His wife Charlotte Collinge (45) is accused of taking three men back to their home to kill him.

After nearly four weeks of evidence, Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, made his closing speech to a jury at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Mr Joyce said the only motive was possessed by Charlotte Collinge who wanted a share of her husband’s £1m estate.

But said Stephen Shreeves, Kelvin Dale and Robert Proud were all part of a plan to murder Mr Collinge.

He said: “What is clear in this case is that within 40 minutes of these three men being in the house – Clifford Collinge was dying.

“What is plain is that victim had suffered a horrendous attack.

“He had a deep bruise to back, front and side of his neck, consistent with strangling.

“He had a fractured skull and part of it was driven into his brain. He had all but 30 fractured ribs.

“If someone receives a beating like that, then they are strangled, that is an intention to kill, not just to hurt or harm.

“This is not a fight gone wrong which is the story of Shreeves and Dale, this is not an accidental killing.

“This was not a fight, this was an attack.”

Mr Joyce pointed the jury to the evidence given by Stan Boardman, who was also assaulted in the house when Mr Collinge was murdered, and Jessica Dawkins who said Charlotte Collinge told her she wanted her husband dead.

Mr Joyce said: “Within a day of telling Jessica Dawkins with venom and hatred that she wanted her husband dead, Cliff Collinge is killed.

“Stan Boardman was hit on the head and rendered unconscious; he was a victim that night. He was there. He was right when said there were three men in the bedroom with Charlotte Collinge.

“There was no CCTV and radio silence between the four when the attack took place. All four are there together.”

Mr Joyce questioned Charlotte Collinge’s actions after her husband had been badly beaten and was lying in a pool of blood.

He said: “What did she do? She went to get her cannabis, she went to get her dog, she rang her boyfriend Jamie Belshaw. She leaves Cliff there dying.

“She wanted him dead. She wouldn’t have stepped over her daughter, she wouldn’t have stepped over her dog. But she stepped over her husband who she loved? Or hated?”

Mr Joyce highlighted to the jury how Shreeves and Dale both had their clothes washed before going to the police. Also how Shreeves’ blood was on the opposite end of the metal clamp which Mr Collinge was hit with and Dale’s fingerprints were on a guitar used in the assault.

Shreeves and Dale’s blood was also found upstairs in the house.

He said: “The accounts given by the defendants offer no explanation how blood gets upstairs following the assault. Or about how the injuries occurred – 46 separate injuries in what must have been a brutal assault.

“No one has offered any explanation as to how Cliff ended up dead.

“Four people went back to that house and the husband of one of them was killed.

“As we said in the opening, a plan to kill can arise as the result of a careful plan or one more hurriedly arrived at as was on this night.”

Shreeves and Dale have admitted assaulting Mr Collinge but deny causing the injuries which killed him. Proud claims not to have been at the house when the violence took place.

Charlotte Collinge (45); 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.