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Clifford Collinge murder: Market Warsop trio found guilty

Charlotte Collinge, Stephen Shreeves and Kelvin Dale
Image caption The three defendants were found guilty of killing the former newsagent in his home

A woman and two men she met in a pub have been found guilty of the murder of her husband, who died of 46 injuries.

Charlotte Collinge, 45, took Stephen Shreeves, 40, and Kelvin Dale, 27, back to her home in Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, on the promise of sex in order to kill her husband Clifford.

A clamp was used to attack Mr Collinge, 61, who was found lying in a pool of blood in October last year.

The defendants, all of Market Warsop, will be sentenced on 31 July.

Snorted cocaine

Robert Proud, 36, from Greendale Close, Warsop, was found not guilty of murder.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mrs Collinge invited the three men back to her home in Sandy Lane, and told them she hated her husband. She asked if they knew anyone who could kill him.

Image caption Mr Collinge suffered a head injury, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung

Ahead of the killing Shreeves and Dale snorted cocaine in the toilets of the bar and drank a number of pints of beer, the court was told.

Among his many injuries, Mr Collinge, a former newsagent, suffered a head injury, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.

The court heard the couple, who had been together for 17 years, had had a rocky relationship peppered with break-ups and reconciliations.

Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, read a statement to the court from the couple's 16-year-old daughter, Cristal.

She said: "He was my hero in every way. He was everything to me.

"In one night I lost my father, my mother, my home, my pets and all my belongings. How do you tell someone how it feels to lose your whole world in one go?"

Supt Kate Meynell of Nottinghamshire Police, who led the investigation, said: "Clifford Collinge suffered a violent death in his own home following a frenzied, yet entirely unprovoked attack.

"Our sympathies are very much with the relatives and friends of Mr Collinge, who have... seen someone they once trusted convicted for their part in his murder."

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