Ex-commando, 34, admits killing married couple while their children slept upstairs but denies murder – What We Know!

Former soldier Collin Reeves, 34, has today admitted manslaughter by way of diminished responsibility

An ex-commando has admitted killing a husband and spouse of their dwelling whereas their youngsters slept upstairs, however denied homicide on the grounds of diminished duty.

Collin Reeves, 34, has admitted killing younger married couple Stephen, 36, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, at their dwelling in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on November 21 final yr.

The pair suffered a number of stab wounds whereas their two youngsters, aged 5 and 6, had been asleep.

Reeves admitted manslaughter by the use of diminished duty at Winchester Crown Courtroom in the present day, however pleaded not responsible to homicide.

However Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, stated the plea of the lesser cost was not acceptable to the crown and they might be pursuing a homicide trial.

Former soldier Collin Reeves, 34, has in the present day admitted manslaughter by the use of diminished duty

A picture of married couple Stephen and Jennifer Chapple was among floral tributes left at the scene of the incident

An image of married couple Stephen and Jennifer Chapple was amongst floral tributes left on the scene of the incident

Stephen Chapple

Jennifer Chapple

Reeves admitted killing younger married couple Stephen, left, and Jennifer Chapple, proper, at their dwelling in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on November 21 final yr

A court artist's sketch of Collin Reeves (left) in the dock at Taunton Magistrates' Court on November 25

A courtroom artist’s sketch of Collin Reeves (left) within the dock at Taunton Magistrates’ Courtroom on November 25

The defendant, who appeared by way of video hyperlink from HMP Exeter, spoke solely to enter his pleas throughout the listening to earlier than Mrs Justice Cutts. 

Reeves, additionally of Dragon Rise, was remanded into custody to face trial at Bristol Crown Courtroom on June 8 earlier than Mr Justice Garnham. The trial just isn’t anticipated to final greater than every week.

The choose informed him: ‘Your trial date, as you realize, is for June 8. You heard there’s extra work being undertaken by your defence crew and I’m certain they are going to be talking to you earlier than that date.

‘Within the meantime you’ll stay in custody.’

Following the couple’s deaths in November, tributes flooded in – together with from Gregg Mockridge, headmaster at West Somerset Faculty, the place Mr Chapple labored.

He stated: ‘Steve was a implausible colleague at West Somerset Faculty, a superb instructor that cared deeply in regards to the college students in his care. He led improvements in the usage of expertise throughout the varsity in addition to inside his personal instructing.

Jennifer and her husband suffered multiple stab wounds inside their home while their two children, aged five and six, were fast asleep

Jennifer and her husband suffered a number of stab wounds inside their dwelling whereas their two youngsters, aged 5 and 6, had been quick asleep

Floral tributes and candles left at the scene in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton in Somerset

Floral tributes and candles left on the scene in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, close to Taunton in Somerset

‘Steve will likely be sadly missed by all workers and college students and our ideas and prayers exit to his youngsters and wider household right now.’

Rob Brooks, supervisor of the Otter Backyard Centre, the place Mrs Chapple labored within the espresso store, stated: ‘She was a effectively cherished member of workers and a really variety individual.

‘All of us cherished her and so did the shoppers. We’re devastated. We are going to bear in mind her as a fantastic, variety and devoted mom and colleague.’