MURDER TRIAL LATEST: Son told suspect friend will ‘smash skull’

Collette Booth (centre)
Collette Booth (centre)
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A woman accused of the murder of an Ilkeston dad-of-six was recorded when her son told her he would have his friend smash her partner’s skull in, a court has heard.

Collette Booth was said to have heard the claim from her son Alan Chapman when he called her from prison on January 26, four days before Mick Moss was killed.

Nottingham Crown Court heard he told her: “I bet you when I get out I get JJ to smash his skull in.”

Mr Chapman, 27, of Bath Street, Derby, was accused of the murder of Mr Moss. He denied the charge and this afternoon (Thursday September 19), the case against him was discontinued and he walked free from court.

The case continues against his mother, Booth, 47, of Mill Street, Ilkeston, who was the victim’s former partner.

The prosecution allege the name JJ refers to another defendant, Jamie Elliott, 27, of North Street, Alfreton, who it is claimed beat Mr Moss to death along with Nathan Hall, 24, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes.

The three remaining defendants deny the charges.

The jury yesterday was read verbatim police interviews with Booth from January 31 and February 1.

In a conversation, lasting one minute and seven seconds on the day before Mr Moss’s death, Mrs Booth told her son she had been having problems with the alleged victim, to which Chapman replied: “Well ring JJ then.”

Mrs Booth, who did not appear in court yesterday due to illness, then allegedly rang JJ, who she said had told her he would ‘have words with’ Mr Moss.

The phone calls followed a letter sent from Chapman to Mr Moss that said: “I will send my mate round to beat the sh*t out of you” – which was delivered to his house by Mrs Booth.

JJ, who had spent Christmas with Booth and Mr Moss, appeared at her door on the day of the dad-of-six’s death.

She also told police she had shouted Mr Moss’s house number out on Christmas Day, when she asked him to leave her property because he had drunk too much.

When Det Con Hargreaves questioned why she did not try to prevent her son from telling his friend to attack Mr Moss, she said ‘that’s just Alan’, suggesting he had a habit of exaggerating his actions.

The interviews read to the court revealed that Booth had been worried for her safety when Mr Moss, an on-off partner of four years, was drinking.

“I was at the end of my tether,” she told police before explaining that he had never physically attacked her.

“I never wanted anyone to do anything like this to him,” she said, on January 31.

Following the dropping of the case against Mr Chapman, the case against the remaining three defendants has been adjourned until Wednesday September 25.