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Collin Reeves was a lance corporal with 24 Commando Royal Engineers at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan, where he guarded terrorist prisoners.
Collin Reeves is 35 years old.
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The family of a war veteran jailed for murdering his neighbors in a parking row wants to reduce his minimum sentence.
This week Collin Reeves, 35, was jailed for at least 38 years for the murders of Jennifer and Stephen Chapple. But the killer’s parents are talking to lawyers in a bid to cut the sentence.
Reeves’ mother Lynn Reeves, 68, said prosecutors did not get full details of her son’s mental health problems until days before the trial.
“You cannot condone what Collin did. He knows he deserves to be punished. But we believe he was let down by the psychiatrists who assessed his mental health for the court.
“His legal team was shocked by the length of the sentence and are considering an appeal.”
Mrs. Reeves and her husband Brian said days before the murders, their son broke down in tears when Last Post sounded on a Remembrance Day TV broadcast.
Mrs. Reeves said: “The psychiatrists decided he was suffering only mild or moderate depression and that influenced the prosecution in refusing his manslaughter plea.”
She believes if the prosecution had had enough time to consider forensic clinical psychologist Karen Gough’s diagnosis her son’s manslaughter plea would have been accepted.
Dr. Gough diagnosed complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, avoidance issues, and disassociation but a mix-up over email details meant she only saw him a week before his court case.
Retired carer Mrs. Reeves said: “He was let down when he was discharged. There was no follow-up. No assessment of any possible PTSD issues.”
In November 2021, he climbed a garden fence, entered the Chapples’ in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, and stabbed Jennifer, 33, and Stephen, 36, in their living room with a ceremonial dagger he received on leaving the Army. Their two sons were asleep upstairs and the attack lasted less than a minute.
Screaming Mrs. Chapple was killed on the sofa and Mr. Chapple was found lying close to the back door.
Reeves then returned home, dialed 999, and confessed. He had been having a row with the Chapples over designated parking on the new-build housing development for six months.