CCTV footage has shown the start of a parking row that ended with a former Commando stabbing a husband and wife to death.
Collin Reeves was filmed confronting neighbour Jennifer Chapple, 33, in May last year outside their home.
This is the moment Colin Reeves clashed with Jennifer Chapple for the first time over a parking space
Reeves went on to kill Jennifer and her husband Stephen
Reeves fatally wounded the couple as their two children slept at a property in Dragon RiseCredit: SWNS
The former commando royal engineer was arrested on suspicion of murdering the Jennifer and Stephen ChappleCredit: Enterprise
He is heard telling her “you can’t park there” before she hits back to him “you don’t own the road.”
The seemingly innocuous clash sparked a long-running dispute that ended six months later with Reeves grabbing a ceremonial dagger he was given on leaving the army.
The jury heard he took it next door to stab Jennifer and her husband Stephen Chapple, 36, to death.
Reeves is currently on trial charged with the double murder. He has previously admitted manslaughter on the basis of diminished responsibility but this was rejected by the crown.
The footage was released by Avon and Somerset Police after being shown to the jury during the on-going trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Reeves fatally wounded the couple as their two children slept at a property in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on November 21 last year.
The Chapple’s two children, aged five and six years old, were asleep at the time of the incident.
Jurors have heard a chilling recording of a former soldier telling a 999 operator: “I went round with a knife, I’ve stabbed both of them.”
Asked whether the couple were awake when he left, he replied: “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 at the home in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton in Somerset.
Reeves had been involved in a long-running dispute with the couple over designated parking on the new-build housing development.
Ten days before the killings, Reeves allegedly verbally abused Mrs Chapple outside her house following an earlier exchange between the victim and Reeves’s wife Kayley Reeves.
His mother, Lynn Reeves, said that her son is a “closed book” who “never shares his emotions” in a filmed police interview played earlier to jurors,
He served in the Army between 2002 and 2017, including in Afghanistan, but never spoke about what he saw there, she said.
It was claimed that Reeves appeared to have been struggling with his mental health since he returned from Afghanistan.
Lynn Reeves wept as she attended court in person to give live evidence on Friday, detailing how she found Reeves “white as a ghost” on the night he killed his neighbours.
She said she had been phoned by an “hysterical” Kayley Reeves saying “they’re dead”.
“He was white as a ghost, he was just white and he just didn’t look like Collin. 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.
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