A former soldier has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his neighbours in a row over parking.
Afghanistan veteran Collin Reeves has been jailed at Bristol Crown Court for life with a minimum term of 38 years for the killings in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, last November.
Reeves, 35, stabbed Jennifer and Stephen Chapple while their children were asleep upstairs.
Climbing over a fence and entering the house via their back door, Reeves then went on to stab Mr and Ms Chapplle mulptiple times to the chest and shoulder.
During his trial, the court heard how Reeves had been in a long-running dispute with his neighbours over parking.
Reeves had pleaded not guilty to murder at the trial at Bristol Crown Court, claiming that he was not in his right mind at the time of the attack.
However a jury found him guilty and senior crown prosecutor Joana Clark said Reeves had “sought to avoid responsibility for murder by claiming his actions were the result of PTSD linked to his previous army service.”
Reacting to the guilty verdict, the family of Mr and Ms Chapple said: “No verdict will bring back our beautiful Jennifer and Stephen.
“If anything, these past 10 days have prolonged us finding out how Jennifer and Stephen spent their final moments.
“The support of our friends and family has been what has got us through the past seven months.
“We now ask that we are left to process this in our own way, to be able to grieve properly and move forward as best we can.”
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