Chilling moment mum is verbally abused by neighbour days before she was stabbed to death with husband in 'parking row'

CHILLING video shows a murder victim mum being verbally abused by a neighbour just days before she and her husband were knifed to death.

The doorbell cam footage shows tragic Jennifer Chapple, 33, days before she and IT teacher husband Stephen, 36, were stabbed inside their home after a feud with neighbours over parking.

Police and paramedics raced to the village of Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday night but the couple were pronounced dead at the scene.

They were attacked as their two young children, aged five and six, slept upstairs.

Black and white video – taken earlier this month – shows garden centre coffee shop worker Jennifer returning home just after 5pm and walking towards her front door.

She reaches for the door handle when a man confronts her in the dark.

He accuses her of "f***ing gobbing off" and brands her a "cheeky little b***h".

Jennifer turns towards him and replies: "She's the one who started it, so f*** off".

The man shouts back: "What's that, you f***ing c***? You fat b****…you f***ing dirty…"


Jennifer tells him to "f*** off" again before heading inside as the man, who appears in shot, walks away calling her a "f***ing c***".

Frightened Jennifer later sent the disturbing doorbell footage to a pal.

In a separate Facebook message, posted last February, Jennifer also wrote: "Don't let the ugly in others kill the beauty in you."

Neighbours told yesterday how tensions on the street escalated in recent months – with police called at least three times to disputes.

Avon and Somerset Police have voluntarily referred themselves to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

They will decide whether to launch a formal investigation into the police contact between the warring neighbours before the murders took place.

Last night, a 34-year-old man was still being quizzed over the double murder.


Another man, 67, believed to be his dad, was released on bail.

Horrified friends of the couple paid tribute to the "genuinely lovely" couple, who wed in 2018, as the close knit village reeled in the wake of their violent deaths.

Floral tributes were laid at the scene as police stood guard close to the property on a new build estate.

Other officers combed through nearby gardens and checked drains.

A note attached to one bunch of flowers read: "Jennifer, you lit up the street with your smile.

"You and Steve have been such wonderful friends since you arrived in our lives.

"Such a kind and welcoming couple.


"You have left a void that will be felt across all those who knew you.

"Words cannot express how much we'll miss you both."

Another close pal of the couple, who did not want to be named, said: "Jennifer was a lovely mother and a lovely person.

"They did everything they could to make sure the children had the best they could. They always provided for them."

One resident on the estate said: "Whenever I saw Jennifer she was ever so friendly and was always smiling.

"She was always really happy and would stop for a laugh and a joke. Her hair was always bright – just like her personality.

"They will both be dearly missed."


Jennifer worked in the coffee shop of a garden centre in nearby Taunton whilst Stephen was an IT teacher at West Somerset College in Minehead.

Garden centre manager Rob Brooks said: "It's still raw at the moment for all the staff. Our hearts go out to those children that are left behind.

"Jenny was a well-loved and respected member of the team. She was a lovely, kind-hearted lady and a devoted mother.

"We are all understandably shocked and saddened by the news and our heartfelt thoughts go out to Jenny’s family and the two children at this very sad time."

Stephen described himself online as "Lord of the Dance, Sheffield United Fan, Computing teacher, Rock guitar god."

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "We will carry out a full and thorough investigation and we will do all we can to achieve justice for the victim's families.

"Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren't hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.

"They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victims' families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times."

He added: "While this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance.

"Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we'd urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team."

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