Former soldier ADMITS killing couple after 'parking row' as kids slept upstairs but denies murder

Former soldier ADMITS killing couple after 'parking row' as kids slept upstairs but denies murder

A FORMER soldier has admitted killing his neighbours as their children slept upstairs after a parking row.

Stephen and Jennifer Chapple were stabbed to death at their house in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset.

The couple's children, aged just five and six, were in their beds upstairs when the horror unfolded.

It is understood there had been a previous dispute over parking.

Collin Reeves, 34, today pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility but denied murder.

Prosecutors at Winchester Crown Court said the plea was not acceptable and there would be a trial.

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Former commando Reeves, who served in Afghanistan, was remanded in custody ahead of a trial date on June 8.

Police were scrambled to the marital home in November last year.

Post-mortem exams found the couple, aged in their 30s, died of multiple stab injuries.

Tributes flooded in for garden centre worker Jennifer and her computer-teacher husband following the tragedy.

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One pal said: "Make time for your friends. Make that visit to see family.

"You just never know what could happen tomorrow."

While another wrote: "Absolutely unbelievable. Cherish your friends and family you really don't know when it will be too late".

Stephen and Jennifer's deaths have been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because of previous police contact.

Cops confirmed they had previously been called to deal with rows, believed to be about parking issues.



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