October 17, 2021

Abusive wife stabs husband to death with police

An abusive wife who stabbed her husband to death was joked with police about his arrest in Marks & Spencer pajamas.

Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed her husband, David, a retired lieutenant colonel, three times in the kitchen of his bungalow in Barrow, Somerset.

Penelope Jackson is accused of killing her husband at his home in Somerset.


Penelope Jackson is accused of killing her husband at his home in Somerset.Credit: Nicholas Razell.
The 66-year-old later joked with police when he was arrested.


The 66-year-old later joked with police when he was arrested.Credit: SWNS
Mrs. Jackson was Mr. Jackson's third wife.


Mrs. Jackson was Mr. Jackson’s third wife.Credit: Nicholas Razell.

The jury was later taken to Somerset’s Bridgewater Station, where he spoke openly about what happened.

The former defense ministry accountant asked the officers: “Do you usually have killers where they wear Marx and Spencer pajamas?”

He added: “I did it. Why I did it is a different matter. Am I sorry? No and you can take it.

The defendant also assured the officers: “I did not find the knife with me, do not laugh.”

One replied: “I assure you we are not laughing.”

Footage of the 66-year-old woman’s arrest was shown in Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday, the third day of the trial.

Her 24-year-old husband, David Jackson, 78, arrived at her home on February 13 this year wearing only underpants and was bleeding.

Jackson can be heard saying to him, “I’m wearing my clothes, I’ve turned on my clothes,” when he was tapped and handcuffed.

At one point, Jackson was advised to stop talking until he had legal representation.

But he continued: “I know what I did and why I did it and I’m really angry if I didn’t do it right.

“No problem, I stabbed him. He’s an aggressive bully and dirty and I have enough.”

Sitting in the dock yesterday, Jackson occasionally held his head in his hands as the court was shown footage of the night of his arrest.

On one occasion she was seen standing outside her front door, telling police: “I believe all this. She is on the kitchen floor. Luckily for you, it will be too late.”

“I’m totally composed mantras, whatever. He deserved it, so don’t judge me.”

Jackson is said to have used an eight-inch filtering knife to attack her husband.

He also has a tattoo on his right hip that reads ‘David Jackson’s property’, heard on the third day of the murder trial.

A friend, Veronica Statham, told the jury that she believed the attack was “appropriate.”

He added: “I got the impression that he did it to be controversial.

“I think he said David was away at the time, something came up, and he decided to get a tattoo. I think he said David was unhappy with that.”

Jackson confessed to the murder of the retired lieutenant colonel but denied the murder, claiming that her husband was coercive and controlling and physically abused her.

But many friends and relatives have testified that they never saw any sign that the couple was unhappy together.

Many described the defendant as the most outgoing of the two.

Julie Smith, an old friend of Jackson’s, whom she met when they both worked in the accounts and administration at the Department of Defense, said she often called him one-on-one.

He told the court: “David was quiet, frivolous, sociable, a good man, Penelope was sociable and cheerful.

“They both had very strong ideas so they were similar in that respect.”

Ms Smith continued: “They seem to rub very well, just like any married couple with little differences.”

He added that he had never seen any aggression between the couple, saying: “They seemed comfortable in each other’s company.”

Mrs Smith said the defendant and the victim enjoyed the trip, went on several trips a year and spent most of the winter months in Spain.

The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, is ongoing.

David Jackson died on February 13 after being stabbed three times.


David Jackson died on February 13 after being stabbed three times.Credit: SWNS
Jackson told police in a statement that he had been abused.


Jackson told police in a statement that he had been abused.Credit: Nicholas Razell.
Police took a photo outside Jackson's home in Somerset.


Police took a photo outside Jackson’s home in Somerset.

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