Doorbell footage shows ex-soldier warning neighbour not to leave her car outside his home months before he killed her and her husband then told 999 operator, ‘I’ve stabbed the neighbours’
- Ex-Royal Engineer Collin Reeves filmed confronting neighbour Jennifer Chapple
- He tells her ‘you can’t park there’ before she tells him ‘you don’t own the road’
- Row sparked a feud that ended with Reeves killing Jennifer and her husband
- He has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility
This is the chilling moment a former commando confronted his neighbour over a parking row which ended months later when he stabbed her and her husband to death.
Former Royal Engineer Collin Reeves is seen shouting at neighbour Jennifer Chapple ‘you can’t park there’ as she emerges from her small light-blue car positioned on the road, across a gravelled area outside his home.
Mrs Chapple, 33, responds and says: ‘You don’t own the road.’
Due to the limited parking on the new-build estate where they lived in Taunton, Somerset, she would often leave her vehicle there as her husband Stephen would leave his car in their designated space.
Although she did not block access to Reeves’ parking spot entirely, it did limit space slightly and over time became a long-running dispute.
Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were stabbed to death in their living room as their two children slept upstairs
Doorcam footage shown to Bristol Crown Court shows ex-Royal Engineer Collin Reeves confronting his neighbour Jennifer Chapple, 33, in May last year
The footage, recorded on a Ring doorbell camera in May 2021, was today shown to a jury at Bristol Crown Court at the start of a double murder trial.
Reeves, 35, stabbed the Chapples to death in their living room on November 21 last year as their two children slept upstairs.
He used a ceremonial dagger that he was awarded when he left the army in 2017.
Mrs Chapple was stabbed in her chest and shoulder six times as she sat on the sofa while 36-year-old Mr Chapple was also stabbed six times.
Although he denies murder, Reeves has admitted killing the couple and pleaded guilty to their manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
He claims he was suffering an ‘abnormality of mental functioning’ at the time.
Today the jury also heard a chilling 999 call after the stabbing in which Reeves told operators ‘I’ve stabbed the neighbours.’
In the audio, Reeves told call handlers: ‘I’ve stabbed the neighbours – the husband and the mother.
‘The neighbours have been stabbed by me – they’ve been stabbed several times.
‘I went round with the knife and I’ve stabbed both of them – two or three times each maybe.’
Reeves, pictured here with his wife Kayley Reeves, has admitted killing his neighbours in a parking row. He is on trial at Bristol Crown Court for double murder
Reeves, 34, has admitted manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility
When asked by the operator if they were conscious and breathing he replied: ‘I don’t think so.’
He then confirmed his name and that the victims were one male and one female.
He added: ‘It happened about 20 mins ago. I stabbed them both several times. He was lying on the floor – she was lying on the sofa. They were in the living room.’
Reeves then confirmed their names before his dad Brian Reeves grabbed the phone and told him to ‘get off.’
In a phone call happening simultaneously, that was also played to the jury, Collin’s wife Kayley Reeves phoned his mother.
Kayley said: ‘He stabbed them and said they are dead. He said he was not right in the head. Please, please come. I don’t know what to do. Please – oh god!’
On the evening of the killings, Reeves’ wife, Kayley, had told her husband that she wanted to try a trial separation telling him that she couldn’t put up with his ‘s***’ anymore.
The ex-soldier has admitted killing Stephen and Jennifer Chapple (pictured) by stabbing them with a ceremonial dagger, but denies murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility
She later told police that in response he went downstairs, then came back upstairs, before descending again and then going outside before hearing screaming.
Reeves had used a compost bin in his garden as a makeshift ladder to climb over his neighbour’s fence and entered their house through the back door.
Mrs Reeves called her mother and father-in-law when she noticed that the ceremonial dagger was missing from the picture frame in which it was usually displayed alongside photographs of her husband’s’ time in the army.
Prosecuting Adam Feest said: ‘Whether it was this parking dispute, tensions within the defendant’s marriage, or a combination of these things which led the defendant to kill his neighbours is unclear.
‘When he was questioned by the police in interview about his actions, the defendant chose to exercise his right to silence.’
The trial continues.
A court sketch of Reeves in the dock at Bristol Crown Court