MURDER TRIAL LATEST: Texts sent on night of death

Collette Booth (centre)
Collette Booth (centre)
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Text messages exchanged between Collette Booth and Mick Moss on the night of the 48-year-old’s death were revealed at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Det Con Thomas Bentley told the jury about the night Booth, who was not in court on Tuesday after falling ill, was arrested at her home on Mill Street, Ilkeston.

He said he arrived to question her about the incident on the instruction of a senior officer because she had been on the scene shortly after Mr Moss was allegedly attacked at just before 9pm.

When he arrived she said she told the officer that she had just phoned the hospital to see how Mr Moss was but they told her they’d call her back.

She then showed him text messages herself and Mick had been exchanging minutes before he suffered his injuries. One sent by Mr Moss to Booth at 8.49pm said “Miss ya. Love ya.”

They then exchanged messages about dinner.

Booth then went on to tell Det Con Bentley that her and Mr Moss had previously been in a relationship but split up three months earlier.

He asked her if she would join her at the station so he could take a witness statement but she refused.

Shortly after Booth refused his request, another officer, Det Con Nicholls, arrived to arrest Booth on suspicion of murder, the court heard.

She responded by screaming out: “You’re telling me he’s dead? Please tell me you’re joking?”

She then cried ‘hysterically’ for 30 seconds before saying: “I can’t believe this is happening.

“I’m going to need a solicitor, aren’t I?”

The trial continues.