THE woman who Charlotte Collinge allegedly confessed wanting to kill her husband to has spoken of her guilt and sleepless nights for not reporting it to police.
Clifford Collinge (61) was brutally murdered at his home in Sandy Lane, Warsop, on 8th October last year.
His wife Charlotte (44) and three other men are on trial for the killing as prosecutors claim they plotted to kill Mr Collinge then attacked him.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how Charlotte Collinge confided in friend Jessica Dawkins in the weeks leading up to the murder and said she wanted to kill her husband to ‘get rid of him’.
The pair had spoken in the Fairways pub, in Mansfield Woodhouse, on the day of the murder and Miss Dawkins said Charlotte Collinge had seemed more serious and ‘sinister’ than on other occasions.
Giving evidence, Miss Dawkins said she initially thought Charlotte Collinge was joking but has since regretted not taking it more seriously.
Miss Dawkins said: “When I found out about what had happened to Cliff I was gobsmacked, I was in shock.
“I wanted to speak to a police officer and felt guilty about not reporting what Charlotte has said.
“If I had reported it first, maybe Cliff would still be here now. I made a mistake that day.
“Maybe if I had my right head screwed on I would have gone to the police but I didn’t and I feel terrible about that.
“I knew something wasn’t right that day.
“I could have gone to the police, if I had maybe things would have been different but I didn’t and I have to try and sleep at night knowing that.”
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.
It is alleged Mr Collinge was viciously attacked by the three men after Charlotte Collinge invited them back to Sandy Lane for a sex and drugs binge.
Mr Collinge received 46 separate injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at about 10pm.
The trial continues.