Collin Reeves: Ex-soldier who stabbed his neighbors to death told a 999 operator ‘I went round with a knife, I’ve stabbed both of them’ | UK News

Jurors in a murder trial have heard a recording of a former soldier telling a 999 operator “I went round with a knife, I’ve stabbed both of them” moments after he killed his neighbors.

Collin Reeves, 35, stabbed Stephen and Jennifer Chapple, 33, to death at their home in Somerset as their two children slept upstairs in November last year.

Reeves, a former commando engineer in the British Army, has admitted to killing the couple and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He jumped over a fence to gain access to the property in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, after a long-running row over designated parking.

Ten days before the incident on 21 November Reeves is alleged to have shouted at Mrs Chapple outside her house after an exchange between her and his wife.

He called 999 minutes after attacking her and her husband with a ceremonial dagger he was given when he left the Army.

On Friday, a recording of the emergency call was played at Bristol Crown Court.

The operator mistook Reeves for the victim, asking if he had been harmed, the court heard.

Reeves said: “I went round with a knife, I’ve stabbed both of them.”

When asked if the couple were awake when he left, he responded: “No, I think they were sort of drifting. He was lying on the floor, she was lying on the sofa.”

When officers arrived at the scene, the couple’s children were still asleep upstairs.

Jennifer Chapple, 33, and her husband, Stephen Chapple, 36. Pic: Facebook/LinkedIn.

‘White as a ghost’

Giving evidence, Reeves’ mother, Lynn, wept as she told jurors how she found her son “as white as a ghost” on the night of the attack.

“He was just standing, he just looked right through us as if he wasn’t there and said ‘I had to protect my family’,” she said.

Opening the case for the prosecution on Wednesday, Adam Feest QC said Mrs Chapple didn’t have a chance to get up off the sofa to defend herself during the attack.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Collin Reeves (left), of Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, in the dock at Taunton Magistrates'#39;  Court charged with the murder of Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, who were stabbed to death at their home in a Somerset village.  Picture date: Thursday November 25, 2021. Read less Picture by: Elizabeth Cook/PA Archive/PA Images
A court artist’s impression of Reeves in court Pic: Elizabeth Cook

She suffered six stab wounds to her upper chest and shoulder, causing fatal injuries to a major blood vessel and her heart.

Mr Chapple, 36, also received six stab wounds together with minor injuries.

The court heard he stabbed them in a minute-long attack using the ceremonial dagger.

When speaking to the emergency call handler Reeves said he had stabbed the couple “two or three times each”.

Footage captured on the back door camera showed Reeves entering the property before Mrs Chapple could be heard screaming in terror.

Ex-commando Collin Reeves is on trial at Bristol Crown Court where he denies the murder of Jennifer Chapple, 33, and her 36-year-old teacher husband Stephen on November 21 last year.
Jennifer and Stephen Chapple on their wedding day

Reeves then shouted “die you f****** die”, the court heard.

When he made the 999 call he said he was at home with his wife, with his children asleep upstairs.

Reeves served in the Army between 2002 and 2017, including in Afghanistan.

It was claimed that he appeared to have been struggling with his mental health since he returned and he said he was suffering from an “abnormality of mental functioning” at the time of the attack.

The trial continues.