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'lost control' Wife told 999 operator husband of 24 years had 'no heart' after stabbing him to death

A judge said Ms Jackson had shown "not a shred of remorse" for the killing

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Penelope Jackson was jailed for life after killing her husband David (78)

Penelope Jackson was jailed for life after killing her husband David (78)

Penelope Jackson was jailed for life after killing her husband David (78)

A retired accountant told a 999 operator "I thought I'd get his heart but he hasn't got one" after she stabbed her husband of 24 years to death. 

Penelope Jackson was jailed for life after killing her husband David (78) at their home in Parsonage Road, in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year.

Judge Martin Picton said Ms Jackson had shown "not a shred of remorse" for the killing as he jailed her for a minimum of 18 years on Friday.

"You took the life of another human being. That is a terrible thing to do and it represents a burden you and all the other family members will have to bear for the rest of their lives," he said.

Jackson told the call handler in an 18-minute phone call to emergency services, that her husband, a retired lieutenant colonel, was "bleeding to death with any luck" on their kitchen floor.

When the operator asked her to take steps such as apply pressure to the wound or throw him a towel to try and stem the bleeding she repeatedly refused to help the victim.

Jackson jotted down a confession on a notepad by the telephone, and when she was arrested on suspicion of murder, replied: "It's murder now, not attempted murder? Oh good."

However, she would later deny murder, pleading guilty to manslaughter saying she had lost control following years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband.

Describing her marriage, Jackson said: "I didn't know if I was waking up to nice David or nasty David."

The defendant said her husband was often violent following arguments.

"It would escalate, and he would shake me most of the time, he strangled me sometimes and I would go unconscious sometimes."

She added: "Other times I would be semi-conscious, and I would be on the bed or the floor and if he was really angry he would kick me."

Jackson claimed that on the night of the killing she had taken a kitchen knife to her bedroom intending to use it to take her own life, but instead walked into her husband's bedroom to speak to him.

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"I wanted him to say: 'I am sorry, Pen.' He didn't, he just said: 'For God's sake you are pathetic, get on with it and go back to bed'," she said.

"It was just like, 'Pass the sugar'. I was in utter despair. I looked at him and said: 'I have done nothing wrong, admit you are sorry.' He said: 'For God's sake shut up'. He literally couldn't be bothered - it was utter contempt."

Describing the moment she stabbed the victim, Jackson said: "I lost all control."

She continued: "If I had been the normal Penny, I wouldn't have done it.

"I am sorry, I lost the plot and lost control."

Delivering sentence Judge Picton told Jackson: "Despite professing to still love him, you sought to portray David Jackson as a monster.

"Whilst there was no doubt, as in any marriage, points of friction that the lockdown would have exacerbated, I have no doubt that he was nothing like the person you have claimed."

He continued: "You took the life of another human being. That is a terrible thing to do and it represents a burden you and all the other family members will have to bear for the rest of their lives.

"Their memories of (David Jackson) will always be tarnished by the manner of his death and by the way you sought to portray him."

He added he had not seen "a shred of remorse" from the defendant during the four days she gave evidence.

Although there was a gasp from the public gallery, which was packed with David Jackson's extended family, when the verdict was read out, Jackson did not react to the jury's verdict.

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