Somerset: Woman who stabbed husband to death took over 999 call and refused to give aid, court hears
By SEAMLESS DAILY
12 October 2021
Penelope Jackson, 66, knifed husband David, 78, three times in the kitchen of their bungalow in Berrow, Somerset, after arguing over a Zoom call on February 13 this year.
during the 999 call, mr jackson can apparently be heard screaming in pain as she allegedly drove the knife into him a final time.
the note read : 'to whom it may concern, i have taken so much abuse over the years- look at my records."
It continued : "But he was a good Daddy.
However the mask slipped tonight.
That was unforgiveable.
i accept my punishment, may he rot in hell."
On the second day of Jackson's murder trial at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, the jury heard that the 78-year-old victim had been Jackson's fourth husband, and she his third wife.
Sheila Taylor, Mr Jackson's second wife, told the court her marriage to the victim had ended when he began an affair with the defendant in 1993.
ms taylor told the court she had learned of the affair when jackson rang their home and demanded to speak to her husband kills himself."
jackson tells the call handler she stabbed him because 'he thought i couldn't want the relationship to be over and she was insisting he tell me about it and go and live with her."
ms taylor said after her divorce from the victim had been finalised, he had told her that jackson had threatened to 'do a bobbit on him' if he ever tried to leave her.
This was a reference to a high-profile case in the US at around the same time, where a wife had cut off her husband's penis.
"He was very frightened.
He honestly believed she was capable of carrying out that threat. '
she said that she believed her former husband 'was afraid of penelope".
'he was frightened she would destroy his army career and destroy his reputation and there's no doubt in my mind she was capable of doing that," she added.
Mr Jackson's daughter from his first marriage Jane Calverley said she had never seen the couple be violent towards one another, but said the defendant had liked making people feel uncomfortable.
ms calverley continued : "i always felt everything had to revolve around jackson, she was a very larger than life character, she would enjoy making people uncomfortable."
She also recalled staying with Jackson and her father when she was having trouble in her marriage.
Jackson admits manslaughter but denies murder, claiming that she suffered years of physical abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour at the hands of the victim.
the trial, which is due to last three weeks, continues.
a woman who stabbed her husband of 24 years during a row at their home wrote a confession as she waited for the police to arrive, a court heard.
jackson had apologised for her spelling in the note, and added a comment in one corner that appeared to read 'self-defence '.
during the 18-minute call to emergency services, which was played in full to the jury, and later to police, jackson repeatedly acknowledged what she had done.
When she was arrested on suspicion of murder, she said : 'It's murder now, not attempted murder?
She responded : 'There's nothing.
the defendant continued : 'remorse is easy, it's been a long time coming- i did it, i'm guilty.
'If I was given the chance, I'd do it again, even if they locked me up for 125 million years it would still be worth it. ’ Jackson added :' I should have walked away years ago but you don't, I deserve everything that is coming my way because you shouldn ’ t do what I did.
but the following day, jackson refused to answer questions in a police interview and instead put forward a prepared statement claiming her husband had been abusive and controlling towards her.
Jackson said the 'extreme violence' had started after the suicide of his son from his first marriage in 1998.
The defendant said their daughter had bought her and Mr Jackson a gourmet meal for her birthday, and that they and their daughter and son-in-law had eaten it over Zoom together.
she said she had gone to bed with a knife under her pillow for protection.
The statement said : 'When I woke up I felt I couldn't do this anymore and I intended to take my own life and I planned to slit my wrists.
jackson claimed the victim had laid down on the spare bed and goaded her into stabbing him.
the defendant had worked in administration and accounts in the raf and later the army, where she met her husband, who had worked his way up from private to lieutenant colonel.
in late december 2020, police were called to their address following a row over a tv remote control.
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