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David and Penelope Jackson

Penelope Jackson jailed for minimum of 18 years for murder of husband in Berrow

A RETIRED accountant from Berrow who stabbed her husband three times has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years after being found guilty of his murder.

David Jackson, who was 78, phoned the emergency services from their home in Parsonage Road at about 9pm on February 13 and said he had been critically injured. Paramedics were sent to their home but Mr Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 999 call was played out to the jury during the trial. The victim’s 66-year-old wife, Penelope Jackson, could be heard taking the phone from him, before telling the call-handler: “I’ve stabbed my husband”.

During the 18-minute phone call Jackson told the handler her husband, a retired lieutenant colonel, was “bleeding to death with any luck” on their kitchen floor.

She described stabbing him in the chest and twice in the abdomen, adding she’d aimed for his heart, but he “hasn’t got one”. She said she’d “had enough”.

Refused to help

She repeatedly refused to help her husband 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.

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.”

But she would later deny murder, pleading guilty to manslaughter saying she had lost control following years of physical and emotional abuse.


Jackson was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court today after the jury deliberated for nearly 11 hours.

Police had been called to the address on December 23, 2020 with Jackson reporting being afraid of her husband. Medical experts considered whether his actions could have been linked to a neurological procedure he underwent two days prior and made changes to Mr Jackson’s care as a result.

No further calls were made to police by the couple in the seven-and-a-half weeks preceding Mr Jackson’s death.

Life sentence

Judge Martin Picton handed Jackson to a life sentence of which she’ll spend a minimum 18 years in prison, minus time already served in custody.

He said he did not detect a shred of remorse and that Jackson chose to stab her husband to death.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Roger Doxsey said: “This is a deeply tragic case, which centred around suspected physical and mental abuse.

“I’d like to pay tribute to David Jackson’s family at this difficult time. The past few months have been tortuous for them and they have shown incredible courage throughout this undoubtedly painful legal process.

“They continue to receive support from a specialist officer and have understandably asked for their privacy to be respected as they look to come to terms with what has happened over the course of this year.”

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