WARSOP MURDER TRIAL: Wife walked past dying husband four times but offered no help, court told

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A WOMAN accused of plotting to kill her husband spent eight minutes in the house with him as he lay groaning in a pool of blood, a court was told.

Charlotte Collinge (45) is alleged to have took three men back to her home in Sandy Lane for sex and to murder Clifford (61) on 8th October last year.

Mr Collinge was found dead with 30 broken ribs and a fractured skull just after 10pm.

Charlotte Collinge, Stephen Shreeves, Kelvin Dale and Robert Proud all went back to the large detached property just before 9pm.

The court has heard how Charlotte Collinge and Proud left to buy cocaine at about 9.10pm.

Shreeves and Dale got into a fight with Mr Collinge and his friend Stan Boardman but claim neither were seriously injured when they left at 9.30pm

Charlotte Collinge, giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, described the moment she returned to the house alone at about 9.32pm

She said: “I saw Stan Boardman on the floor and my husband sitting up by the door with blood coming out of his head.

“He was making constant groaning noises. There was blood all over the kitchen.

“I thought ‘what the hell has happened?’ I was absolutely horrified to see Cliff like that.”

Charlotte Collinge phoned her on and off boyfriend Jamie Belshaw (21) at 9.41pm. She claims to have asked Mr Belshaw to phone an ambulance.

When asked by her defence barrister, Stuart Rafferty QC, why she didn’t call 999 herself, she said: “I didn’t really know what I was doing; I was in a complete state of shock.”

Trevor Burke QC, defending Shreeves, pointed out how there was an eight minute period between Charlotte Collinge arriving at the house and phoning Mr Belshaw.

Mr Burke said: “You return to see your husband severely beaten with blood on his head; clearly the victim of a serious assault.

“Did it not dawn on you that urgent medical attention was required? Why didn’t you phone 999 and summon an ambulance?

“You had a working mobile phone in your pocket.”

Charlotte Collinge said she walked around Mr Collinge and went upstairs to see if Shreeves and Dale were still there then went outside to phone Mr Belshaw.

Mr Burke asked: “What did you do for the remaining five minutes?”

Charlotte Collinge said: “I had just walked into the most awful scene and was in complete shock.”

Charlotte Collinge returned to the house with Mr Belshaw at about 9.50pm and went back in to pick up an overnight bag, her Yorkshire terrier dog Sadie and her cannabis.

Police arrived about 10 minutes later and two officers heard her say ‘oh god, I’ve killed him’.

Mr Burke said: “What was more important to you, the welfare of your lap-dog or the welfare of your husband?

“And are you suggesting that these police officers have come to this court and perjured themselves to convict you of murder?”

Charlotte Collinge said: “They obviously misheard. I said ‘they’ve killed him’.”

Under further cross examination from Mr Burke, Charlotte Collinge said she hadn’t invited Shreeves and Dale back for sex.

She said: “We were going back for a party. I was just flirting with them.”

Mr Burke said: “Flirting? You were showing them your knickers in the bar!”

Charlotte Collinge said: “I wasn’t thinking in the way that I normally would because I was drunk.”

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.