Life sen­tence for wife who wanted her hubby’s £1m in­her­i­tance


A CHEAT­ING wife who lured two men home with the prom­ise of sex if they killed her mil­lion­aire hus­band has been caged for life.

Char­lotte Collinge, 45, told Stephen Shree­ves, 40, and Kelvin Dale, 27, she would sleep with them if they came back to the £400,000 home she shared with hus­band Clif­ford in Oc­to­ber last year.

As they ar­rived at her prop­erty in Mans­field, Notts, she said she “hated” her 62-year-old hus­band and asked if they knew any­one who could kill him for his £1mil­lion for­tune.

The men launched a sav­age at­tack on re­tired newsagent Clif­ford, us­ing weapons in­clud­ing a vice, that left him with 46 sep­a­rate in­juries.


Mean­while, heart­less Collinge went out to buy co­caine and when she got back to the house she stepped over her hus­band, whose bat­tered body lay in a pool of blood, in­stead of call­ing for help.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that if there had not been a de­lay in dialling 999, Mr Collinge may have sur­vived.

A day be­fore the killing, Collinge, who had a string of lovers, told a friend: “I can’t take any more of him.

“I’ve had enough of Cliff. The only way to get him out of my life is to kill him.”

The fol­low­ing night she started flirt­ing with strangers Shree­ves and Dale in a wine bar and per­suaded them to re­turn home with her.

When po­lice ar­rived at the scene af­ter the at­tack, Collinge was heard to say: “Oh God, I think I have killed him.”

Then she claimed she had no idea Mr Collinge was go­ing to be at­tacked and had re­turned to find him ly­ing injured.

She told ju­rors she failed to call an am­bu­lance be­cause she was “in shock”.

Fol­low­ing a four-week trial at Not­ting­ham Crown Court, a jury of five women and seven men found Collinge, Shree­ves and Dale guilty of his murder.

Collinge was jailed for a min­i­mum of 23 years, while Shree­ves and Dale were each jailed for 18 years.

Sen­tenc­ing the trio, His Hon­our Mr Jus­tice Col­man Treacy, said: “The killing of Clif­ford Collinge in his own home was a truly shock­ing of­fence.

“On the ev­i­dence I have heard, I’m sat­is­fied he was a man who of­fered no harm to any of you and who in­deed had, over a num­ber of years, tol­er­ated the wil­ful and ma­nip­u­la­tive be­hav­iour of an un­faith­ful wife.”

Weeks ear­lier, Collinge had moved out to live with a 21-year-old “toy boy”, but de­spite this her hus­band car­ried on send­ing her money and let her go home when she claimed her lover had beaten her up.

A week be­fore his death, Collinge had talked of killing her hus­band with sleep­ing pills and mak­ing his death look like an ac­ci­dent.

Peter Joyce QC, pros­e­cut­ing, told the jury: “Collinge would speak openly about gain­ing ac­cess to his home and money, stat­ing, ‘I’ll have that house. I will use any means what­so­ever to get it’.”


The court heard that in the event of Mr Collinge’s death, his es­tate would be split be­tween his wife and two chil­dren – Julie Bowles, 34, by his first mar­riage, and Cristal, 16, who was his daugh­ter with Collinge.

Collinge would have got the £400,000 mar­i­tal home, a cash pay­ment of £250,000, all of his be­long­ings and half of fu­ture rents from other prop­er­ties he owned. The to­tal would have been around £1mil­lion.

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