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Ex-soldier who stabbed neighbours to death was never the same after Afghanistan, ex-wife tells trial

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The spouse of a former commando who stabbed his neighbours to loss of life over a parking row instructed how her husband had battled psychological well being issues since leaving Afghanistan.

Kayley Reeves instructed detectives that her companion of 14-years, Collin Reeves, had suffered since coming back from the conflict torn nation, the place he served as a driver with the Royal Engineers in 2009.

She instructed officers ‘his head’s not in the best place’ throughout an interview with officers investigating the double homicide of Stephen and Jennifer Chapple.

Mr Reeves, 35, stabbed them each to loss of life at their dwelling in Taunton, Somerset, on November 21 final yr – utilizing a ceremonial dagger he was given upon leaving the military in 2017.

He denies homicide at Bristol Crown Court docket however has admitted the couple’s manslaughter on the grounds of diminished duty.

Kayley Reeves, pictured here arriving at Bristol Crown Court today, said her husband Collin Reeves was not the same man after he returned from Afghanistan

Kayley Reeves, pictured right here arriving at Bristol Crown Court docket right now, stated her husband Collin Reeves was not the identical man after he returned from Afghanistan

Reeves, pictured here with his Kayley Reeves, has admitted killing his neighbours in a parking row. He is on trial at Bristol Crown Court for double murder

Reeves, pictured right here along with his Kayley Reeves, has admitted killing his neighbours in a parking row. He’s on trial at Bristol Crown Court docket for double homicide

The jury had been right now performed a recording of the interview Mrs Reeves gave to Avon and Somerset Police following the killing.

She instructed officers that Reeves struggled across the time of Remembrance Sunday due to his time within the military.

She stated: ‘He hasn’t been the identical since he got here again from Afghan. About two or three weeks in the past we had a coronary heart to coronary heart and his head’s not in the best place. He has ideas about if he wasn’t right here I’d be higher off. He wants assist.’

When pressed by the officers about his psychological torment she added: ‘He simply bottles it up, by no means talks about his emotions.’

Reeves seemed to be visibly upset throughout his spouse’s video testimony and wiped a tear away from his eye earlier than slumping ahead along with his head in his palms.

Mrs Reeves instructed the officers that on the night of the murders she had requested her husband for a trial separation for 2 weeks as a result of their relationship was beneath pressure.

Recalling what occurred subsequent she stated: ‘He was downstairs for some time and I used to be upstairs watching telly.

‘It should’ve been 1 / 4 to 9 I heard screaming so I went downstairs, went within the entrance room, I couldn’t see Collin.

‘However I’d observed his military image was on the entrance room flooring. He’d taken his dagger out.’

Reeves saved the ceremonial dagger in a glass image body together with photos of him throughout his navy service.

His spouse instructed the officers she referred to as her mother-in-law, Lynn Reeves, and instructed her ‘I feel Collin’s accomplished one thing silly’

She continued: ‘As I obtained off the cellphone to Lynn, I’ve seen Collin and he instructed me to cellphone the police.

‘He took our home cellphone and went within the entrance room and closed the door and phoned the police.

‘So I phoned Lynn once more and instructed her to return spherical. I stated “I think he’s gone next door and stabbed them” so I used to be on the cellphone to her after which she (and husband Brian) arrived they usually went into the entrance room with Collin.

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

The ex-soldier has admitted killing Stephen and Jennifer Chapple (pictured) by stabbing them with a ceremonial dagger, however denies homicide on the grounds of diminished duty

‘I feel I went upstairs as a result of my children awakened after which Lynn phoned the police once more. The police took ages to return . And once they did come they took Collin away.

‘I had armed police in my home checking it. After which my children went to their auntie’s as a result of I phoned her to return and acquire the women. So we walked down and dropped the children off after which I went again to the home and was instructed to pack a bag.’

Mrs Reeves stated that originally she and her husband had been pals with Stephen and Jennifer Chapple. Nonetheless, their relationship soured as a result of fixed clashes over parking On their new-build property.

Mrs Chapple, 33, had learnt to drive and had obtained a brand new automotive final yr.

Her husband parked his automotive of their designated house so she needed to go away hers on the highway, which partially blocked Reeves’ automobile.

Mrs Reeves instructed officers of a run-in her husband had with Mrs Chapple. She stated : ‘It was bugging him for months, he simply let it go by. Nevertheless it obtained to the purpose the place right here he was discovering it tough to get out and in of his allotted parked house.

‘So he simply instructed them sooner or later “look, you can’t park there, you’re making it difficult for me.” Her husband had already smashed into Collins automotive.’

Mrs Reeve stated she too had had issues with Mrs Chapple following the rows over parking.

She stated her next-door neighbour would stroll previous her window ‘sniggering at me’ including: ‘If I used to be in my kitchen she’d stroll previous and she or he’d all the time snort at me, stick her fingers up on the digicam. I might by no means go and do the college run with out her giving me soiled appears to be like.’

Mrs Reeves later gave proof in individual by way of a video hyperlink from an workplace within the courtroom constructing, preferring to keep away from being within the courtroom itself.

Cross-examined by Jo Martin QC, defending, Mrs Reeves stated that earlier than the murders, her husband, who labored as a lorry driver, had been having darkish ideas whereas alone in his cab all day.

A court sketch of Colling Reeves in the dock at Bristol Crown Court. Mr Reeves had been working as a lorry driver at the time of the killings, something he had been struggling with, his ex-wife said

A courtroom sketch of Colling Reeves within the dock at Bristol Crown Court docket. Mr Reeves had been working as a lorry driver on the time of the killings, one thing he had been combating, his ex-wife stated 

She stated: ‘He instructed me he was struggling as a result of he was on his personal within the lorry having ideas about leaving us and that we might be higher off with out him, which is not the case.’

She stated that if he continued having these emotions for 2 extra weeks she’d plan to take him to the medical doctors however stated ‘it was too late.’

Mrs Reeves stated he didn’t need to go and see a health care provider including: ‘He didnt need to take any treatment as a result of he thought he would not be capable to drive and our payments would not receives a commission.’

Reeves stabbed Mr and Mrs Chapple after climbing over their fence and coming into the again door to their home.

The couple had been in the lounge. Each had been stabbed six occasions every and left in a pool of blood on the ground after Reeves screamed ‘die f*****s, die’

The listening to continues





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