WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife accused of plotting to kill husband said she loved him to death and they were best friends

Police on Sandy Lane Warsop
Police on Sandy Lane Warsop

THE wife of a Warsop man battered to death in their home has denied ever wanting him dead or plotting to kill him, a court was told.

Charlotte Collinge (45) is alleged to got three men to kill her husband after inviting them back to the house in Sandy Lane for a sex and drugs binge.

Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead at with 46 brutal injuries just after 10pm on 8th October last year.

Giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, Charlotte Collinge said she ‘loved her husband to death’ and they were ‘best friends’.

On the evening of the murder Charlotte Collinge was seen on CCTV in the Crates and Grapes wine bar behaving in a very sexual way with a number of men including co-defendants Stephen Shreeves, Kelvin Dale and Robert Proud.

However, she said her nickname ‘Charlotte the Harlot’ was unfair because she was never paid money for sex.

Stuart Rafferty QC, her defence barrister, said: “The suggestion is that you are a slag.”

She replied: “That is the suggestion but I don’t agree with that.”

Charlotte Collinge said she had too much to drink on the afternoon and evening of 8th October last year and wouldn’t normally behave in that way.

She said: “I am disgusted with myself, I’m embarrassed and ashamed.”

Charlotte Collinge admitted inviting the men back to her house but said it was just to have a ‘bit of a party’ listening to music and having a few drinks.

She denied saying she wanted her husband killing as they made their way to the house.

The court was told Mr Collinge and his friend Stan Boardman were at home when the the defendants arrived who went straight upstairs.

Shreeves and Dale told the court Charlotte Collinge and Proud left to buy cocaine and they got into a fight with Mr Collinge and Mr Boardman.

They both admitted assaulting Mr Collinge but deny causing the injuries which killed him.

The trial heard an earlier allegation that Charlotte Collinge had said to friend Jessica Dawkins she wanted her husband dead and talked about drugging him with sleeping pills.

Charlotte Collinge said: “That is something that wouldn’t even enter my head. It’s a complete and utter made up lie.”

Charlotte Collinge said she had not had a sexual relationship with her husband for the past five years and had slept with at least two other men during their marriage.

The court was told how Mr Collinge took pictures of an ‘intimate nature’ involving his wife and Stan Boardman.

Another partner, Jamie Belshaw, lived with Charlotte Collinge at the marital home in Warsop which she said Mr Collinge had ‘no problems’ with.

Charlotte Collinge said: “I did want a divorce towards the end. We were best friends but we weren’t living as man and wife should.

“I loved Cliff to death and he loved me. I certainly wouldn’t get anybody to murder him.”

Charlotte Collinge; Shreeves (40), of Laurel Avenue, Church Warsop; Dale (27), of Forest Road, Warsop and Proud (36), of Greendale Close, Warsop, all deny murder.

The trial continues.