Former Lincolnshire resident jailed for life after killing her husband

A retired accountant who used to live in Lincolnshire has been jailed for life after stabbing her husband three times.

Penelope Jackson, 66, killed her husband David, 78, at their home on Parsonage Road in Berrow, Somerset on February 13, 2021.

Jackson had previously lived on Northcliffe Road in Grantham with her ex-husband Alan Warrender in the 1990s, but Mr Warrender took his own life in 1993. He blamed ‘marital stress’.

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It is believed that Jackson told 999 operators earlier this year: “I thought I would get his heart, but he does not have one,” reports the Mirror.

Judge Martin Picton, who on Friday afternoon jailed her for at least 18 years, noted that she had shown “not a prison of remorse” for the murder.

In an 18-minute phone call to the emergency services, Jackson told the call officer that her husband, a retired lieutenant colonel, “bled to death without success” on their kitchen floor.

She repeatedly refused to help the victim when the operator asked her to take steps such as putting pressure on the wound or throwing him a towel to try to stem the bleeding.

Jackson wrote down a confession on a notepad by phone, and when she was arrested on suspicion of murder, he replied, “It’s murder now, not attempted murder? Oh well.”

But she would later deny murder and plead guilty to manslaughter, saying she had lost control after years of physical and emotional abuse from her husband’s hands.

On Friday, Jackson was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of murder after nearly 11 hours of deliberations.

There was a gasp from the public gallery, which was filled with David Jackson’s extended family when the verdict was read out.

Jackson did not respond to the jury’s ruling.

During the two-and-a-half-week trial, the jury heard that Jacksons had calmed down about the defendant serving bubble and squeak with a gourmet meal bought for them by their daughter during lockdown.

The victim and defendant had eaten the meal with their daughter and son-in-law Isabelle and Tom Potterton over Zoom.

Sir. and Mrs. Potterton both said the row seemed to have collapsed, but added that they had ended the call when the Jackson family began arguing over who had failed to charge their computer properly.

In his evidence, Jackson said the row of bubbles and squeaks had tilted her over the edge.

“He had contempt for me and he had been so rude and disgusting to our daughter,” she said.

“It was not the straw that broke the camel’s back, but it was in the bundle.”

Jackson described his marriage and said, “I did not know if I woke up to the sweet David or the bad David.”

The defendant said her husband was often violent after quarrels.

“It would escalate and he shook me most of the time, he strangled me sometimes and I went 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 murder, she had taken a kitchen knife to her bedroom for the purpose of using it to take her own life, but instead went into her husband’s bedroom to talk to him.

“I wanted him to say, ‘I’m sorry, Pen.'” He did not, he just said, ‘For God’s sake, you’re pathetic, go ahead and go to bed again,’ .

“It was like, ‘Pass the sugar.’ He said, ‘For God’s sake shut up.’ He literally could not be bothered – it was utter contempt. “

Jackson described the moment she stabbed the victim, saying, “I lost all control.”

She continued, “If I had been the normal Penny, I would not have done it.

“I’m sorry I lost the plot and lost control.”

Penelope Jackson
Court Artist Sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Penelope Jackson at Bristol Crown Court

Various witnesses described the victim and accused as a couple who seemed happy together – who wanted to quarrel, but with strife that never lasted long.

Mrs Potterton recalled three cases of severe aggression by her father against her mother between 1997 and 1998, including that she drew a knife at her and once gave her a bloody nose.

But she agreed that this had taken place immediately after the suicide of Mr Jackson’s son, Gavin, from his previous marriage.

Mrs Potterton said she believed her father had sought counseling to cope with his grief, and agreed that her parents seemed to enjoy a happy retirement together with plenty of common interests, including cruise holidays and gardening.

Judge Picton handed down the verdict that afternoon, saying to Jackson: “Despite claiming to still love him, you sought to portray David Jackson as a monster.

“While there was no doubt, as in any marriage, friction points that the shutdown would have worsened, I have no doubt that he was not something like the person you have claimed.”

He continued, “You took the life of another human being. It’s a terrible thing to do, and it represents a burden you and all the other family members must bear for the rest of their lives.

“Your memories of (David Jackson) will always be tarnished by his manner of death and by the way you tried to portray him.”

He added that he had not seen “a speck of remorse” from the defendant during the four days she testified.

After the verdict, Mrs Potterton said that “my whole world fell off my feet”.

She said before Feb. 13 that she had a “generally good life,” and that she and her family were “a team.”

“I had an excellent childhood and two amazing parents,” she continued.

Penelope Jackson
Penelope Jackson after she was arrested for the murder of her 78-year-old husband David in their home in Parsonage Road, Berrow, Somerset

“My parents were always there for me, even when they lived in Africa, where I always received unexpected care packages.”

But Isabelle, who is married and pregnant with her first child with her husband Tom, said: “From the moment the PC knocked on the door and told me what had happened, I had not only lost my father, I had also lost my mother.

“I have dealt with the appearance of pity, the people who contact for the gossip, and with people who ask the most inappropriate questions.

“Everything has changed; my career, my social life, my character and my health.

“I have lost the man I looked up to and loved, the man who was there and who took care of me no matter what.

“I am pregnant with our first child, I am excited, but I am also crushed. I am crushed that he will never come to meet them, to teach them to blow raspberries.

“Yes, I know Mom is here, but she’s not the same person I knew eight months ago.”

Her husband, Tom, spoke to Jackson, saying their life is a “living nightmare and it’s because of you”.

“You could have walked away and you chose not to. It’s something I will never understand. I will never be able to forgive you for the pain and suffering you have caused her,” he added.

David’s grandson Adam told the killer in a statement read to the court that he had considered writing a letter to her, but she would have been “too selfish to read it”.

He described how the “edge noise” that came from his mother when he told her that her father was dead “will haunt me until the day I die”.

“You have stolen it from me and my family. He was not only my grandfather but a great-grandfather to my children. You will never be forgiven,” he added.

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