WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife saw husband in pool of blood but didn’t phone 999, court told

Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim
Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim

THE wife of a Warsop man battered to death at his home didn’t call police when she saw him lying in a pool of blood because she ‘wanted nothing to do with it’, a court was told.

Charlotte Collinge is charged with murdering her husband Clifford (61) after allegedly taking three men back to their home in Sandy Lane to kill him on 8th October last year.

Mr Collinge received 46 separate injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene just after 10pm.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court heard evidence from the first person to make a 999 call about the incident after he was allegedly told by Charlotte Collinge she thought her husband might be dead.

Christian Evans was walking with a friend when he saw Charlotte and another man in Meden Avenue just before 10pm.

Mr Evans said he had known Charlotte and Clifford Collinge for about 12 years.

“She said Cliff had been beaten up,” Mr Evans said.

“She was particularly distressed. She looked shocked and a bit scared.

“She said she had been out to buy some cocaine then came back and Cliff was in a pool of blood. She said she thought he might be dead.”

Mr Evans said he asked Charlotte Collinge if she had phoned the police but she said: “I don’t want nothing to do with it.”

The 999 call was made shortly afterwards.

Mr Evans said: “I have known Cliff for a very long time and I didn’t want to not call the police and him be dead.”

It is alleged Stephen Shreeves, Kelvin Dale and Robert Proud went to the Hare and Hounds pub in Warsop shortly after Mr Collinge was murdered.

Two bar workers from the pub said Shreeves had a cut on his wrist which they gave him plasters and a bandage for. He told them he had fallen over in the car park.

It is alleged Dale also asked for some plasters for a cut on his knuckle and had blood splashes on the sleeves of his jumper.

CCTV footage shows Shreeves, Dale and Proud in the Hare and Hounds between 9.46pm and 10.19pm before going to the Church Warsop Sports and Social Club.

Giving evidence, club regular Lorraine Clayton said she spoke to Shreeves and asked him what he had been up to that evening.

She said Shreeves told her: “I’m not going to tell you in case owt comes of it.”

Charlotte Collinge (44); 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.