Neighbours parking row that led to couple being stabbed to death caught on CCTV

Ex-commando Collin Reeves was caught on camera in May last year marching up to his neighbour Jennifer Chapple, 33, outside their home in Taunton, Somerset, a jury heard.

Bristol Crown Court heard how six months later, Reeves, 35, allegedly used a ceremonial dagger he was given by the army when he left in 2017 to stab both Jennifer and her husband Stephen to death on November 21.

Reeves is seen in the footage, shown to the jury Bristol Crown Court, to have climbed over their fence, walked in through their back door and stabbed them six times each, screaming "die f*****s, die".

The soldier is standing trial in court this week where he is denying murder charges, and instead admits to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

In the doorbell footage Reeves is heard telling Jennifer: "You can't park there".

She hits back to him: "You don't own the road."

The court heard how the seemingly innocuous incident came as 33-year-old Jennifer was learning to drive after buying a new car which she parked on the road as her husband parked his car in their designated space.

What troubled Reeves though was that the road parking partially blocked his vehicle.

Reeves' wife Kayley explained the cause of tension via a recording played to the jury of an interview she gave to Avon and Somerset Police following the killing.

In the recording, she said: "It was bugging him for months, he just let it go by. But it got to the point where here he was finding it difficult to get in and out of his allocated parked space.

"So he just told them one day 'look, you can't park there, you're making it difficult for me.' Her husband had already smashed into Collins car.'"

Mrs Reeves told the court in person that she also suffered grief from their next door neighbours.

She continued: "If I was in my kitchen she'd walk past and she'd always laugh at me, stick her fingers up at the camera. I could never go and do the school run without her giving me dirty looks."

Cross-examined by Jo Martin QC, defending, Mrs Reeves claimed that her soldier-turned lorry driver husband had told her that he was suffering from dark thoughts just before the fatal stabbings.

She said: "He told me he was struggling because he was on his own in the lorry having thoughts about leaving us and that we'd be better off without him, which isn't the case."

Mrs Reeves decided to seek help for him if the issues stuck for another fortnight but then "it was too late", she said.

The trial continues.

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