MURDER TRIAL LATEST: Ex-partner ‘wanted to stop abuse’

Collette Booth (centre)
Collette Booth (centre)
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An Ilkeston woman on trial for the murder of her former partner told police she loved him, despite passing on a letter from her son threatening to have him beaten up just weeks before his death.

In an interview with officers the day after Mick Moss’s death on January 30, Collette Booth, 47, claimed the 48-year-old father-of-six verbally abused her when he was drunk.

Her son Alan Chapman, 27, of Bath Street, Derby - also accused of Mr Moss’s murder - had written a letter from prison to Mr Moss, in which he wrote: ‘Stop taking the p*ss out of my mum or I will send my mate to beat the sh*t out of you’ on January 9.

In the interview read out to Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday September 18), Booth, of Mill Street, told police she handed Chapman’s letter to Mr Moss ‘and told him I wanted nothing else to do with him’.

“I didn’t want anything to happen,” she added.

“I just wanted Mick to stop his abuse. When he’s drunk he’s horrible.

“When he hasn’t had a drink he’s lovely.”

The police officer asked her: “Is it not the case that things have gone awfully and terribly wrong and someone’s gone and given him a beating?”

“That’s nothing to do with me,” Booth replied.

“I love him - I just wanted the abuse to stop, that’s all,” she added.

Booth has not been in court for the last two days because she is ill in hospital but is expected to give evidence at the trial next week.

She also told officers that on the day of Mr Moss’s death, a man called JJ – believed to be Chapman’s friend Jamie Elliott - and another man wearing a black beanie hat had called round to her house to confirm if Chapman would be released from prison the next day.

Elliott, 27, of North Street, Alfreton, and Nathan Hall, 24, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, are also accused of Mr Moss’s murder.

Evidence was also heard from police surgeon John Spencer who examined Elliott and Hall after their arrests at St Mary’s Wharf police station, Derby.

All of Elliott’s knuckles on his right hand were red, which Mr Spencer said was consistent with having punched something or someone.

Hall had no marks on his body at all.

The trial continues.