WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife told police she had killed husband Clifford Collinge when they arrived at scene, court told

Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim
Cliff Collinge Warsop murder victim

THE wife of a Warsop man brutally murdered in his home said ‘oh God, I’ve killed him’ when police arrived, a court was told.

Clifford Collinge (61) was found dead at Sandy Lane, Warsop, on 8th October last year.

It is alleged Charlotte Collinge (44) invited three men back to their home before they attacked and murdered her husband.

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.

This morning (Monday), the third day of the trial, PCSO Georgina Fletcher told the jury she was one of two officers first at the scene just after 10pm.

PCSO Fletcher said she saw Charlotte Collinge appear from the side of the large detached house as the officers approached up the driveway.

“As she was coming around the corner she said, ‘oh God, I’ve killed him’.

“She seemed very, very upset and very, very agitated,” PCSO Fletcher said.

“I sat her down and said, ‘what do you mean?’.

“Her behaviour then completely changed, she closed down and said, ‘I haven’t killed him, I found him laid on the floor covered in blood’.”

Charlotte Collinge told the PCSO she had left the house with two men to buy cocaine from the back of a kebab shop in Warsop.

When she returned with one of the men she claims she found Mr Collinge seriously injured in the kitchen.

Last week prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said three men had ‘stormed’ into Clifford Collinge’s sitting area where he was having a drink with friend Stephen Boardman and attacked both men.

Forty-six separate groups of injuries were found on Mr Collinge’s body, with head injuries including a fractured jaw, a fractured skull and 30 distinct fractures to his ribs.

The cause of death was a combination of head, chest, chest cavity and heart injuries.

A pathologist confirmed many of the injuries could have been caused by a three foot, metal joiner’s strap shown to the jury.

Shreeves, Dale and Proud also deny charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Mr Boardman.

The court was told how earlier on the day of Mr Collinge’s death his wife had confided to a friend at the Fairways pub, Mansfield Woodhouse, that ‘I cannot take any more of him (Mr Collinge). The only way I can get him out of my life is to kill him’.

The Collinges had been in a relationship for 17 years and married for 14. They had a daughter and a son.

The trial continues.