WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife stopped flirting and talked about killing husband when defendants got back to house, court told

Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim
Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim

THE wife of a Warsop man battered to death at his home started talking about killing her husband after taking three men back to their home for a sex and drugs binge, a court was told.

Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead in a pool of blood with 46 injuries just after 10pm on 8th October last year.

His wife Charlotte(45) and three men are on trial for murder at Nottingham Crown Court.

On Wednesday afternoon, day 10 of the trial, the jury were told how Stephen Shreeves, Kelvin Dale and Robert handed themselves into police after hearing Mr Collinge was dead.

Charlotte Collinge was arrested at the scene.

Shreeves was interviewed a number of times by officers and initially said it was just himself and Dale who went back to the house.

He later confessed that Proud was also with them.

Shreeves said Charlotte Collinge had been flirting with him in the Crate and Grapes wine bar and pulled him into an alleyway for a kiss when they left.

He said him and Dale were both invited back to her home in Sandy Lane - known locally as the big house on the hill.

“She specified that no one would be in,” Shreeves said.

“She was being very flirty and coming on to us, making over the top sexual innuendos and stuff like that.

“When we got to the house she completely changed.

“She was talking about wanting her husband killed and asked if we knew anyone who could kill him.

“We just laughed.

“From the moment she stepped in the house her flirting stopped.

“She went into the bedroom and became a bit frosty. She said, ‘I want cocaine, I want cocaine’.”

Shreeves explained how Charlotte Collinge left with Proud to fetch the drugs.

He said a man known as Stan Boardman, who was downstairs with Mr Collinge, then came into the bedroom with a knife.

Shreeves said he felt intimidated so him and Dale decided to leave.

He said as they got to the bottom of the stairs Mr Collinge attacked him with an ornamental sword and Mr Boardman started swinging a guitar at them.

Shreeves said he threw two punches at Mr Collinge to protect himself and pushed Mr Boardman on to the sofa.

He said both men were moving and making groaning noises as they left.

Shreeves made a phone call to Proud as they left the house telling him not to come back and the three male defendants met in the Hare and Hounds pub.

Shreeves and Dale handed themselves on the evening of the following day. Proud went to the police station on the Monday, two days after the murder.

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.