A woman who stabbed her husband to death said ‘you don’t get many murders’ in her quiet Somerset village as she was arrested by police, a court has heard.
Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed 78-year-old David Jackson, a retired lieutenant colonel, three times in the kitchen of their family home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year.
Her husband of 24 years, managed to call emergency services before losing consciousness, but the defendant took the phone from him and refused to follow the operator’s instructions to help him.
Mr Jackson was bleeding to death wearing only his underpants when officers arrived at the property.
Today, jurors were shown arrest footage of Penelope Jackson on the third day of her trial at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday.
Jackson, who the court heard had previously threatened to chop off her husband’s penis, could be heard telling officers ‘I’ve got my ‘jamas on, I’ve got my ‘jamas on’ as she was patted down and handcuffed.
Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed 78-year-old David Jackson (pictured together), a retired lieutenant colonel, three times in the kitchen of their family home
She went on to tell officers: ‘There’s no issue, I stabbed him, he’s an aggressive bully and nasty and I’ve had enough.’
Jackson added: ‘When he says I wouldn’t do it, I did it twice more.’
The defendant could then be heard complaining that she was cold and asking for the heating to be put on in the police car, before an officer offered to go and get her coat.
She was then advised to be quiet and wait for legal advice, but replied: ‘No, no. I’ve no intention of not agreeing to what I’ve done.
‘I know what I’ve done and I know why I’ve done it and if I haven’t done it properly I’ll be really annoyed.’
In another clip she could be heard exclaiming ‘oh good’ when she was re-arrested for murder rather than attempted murder.
Once at the police station, she told officers she had not been out ‘since before Christmas’, adding ‘I might just freeze to death’.
She then joked ‘that would be really great, getting Covid on top of this’ as they took her temperature as part of coronavirus precautions.
She added: ‘I tell you what, you don’t get many murders in Berrow.’
On the second day of Jackson’s murder trial, 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.
Jackson (left with her husband David Jackson) admitted manslaughter of the retired lieutenant colonel but denies murder
Police officers were called to the couple’s home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year
Ms Taylor told the court she had learned of the affair when Jackson rang their home and demanded to speak to her husband.
She said he had been ‘white and shaking’ when he came off the call, adding: ‘He told me he had been having an affair with a woman called Penny but the relationship was now over.
‘(Jackson) didn’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 Jackson had threatened to ‘do a Bobbit on him’ if he ever tried to leave her.
The alleged threat 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.
Jackson admitted manslaughter of the retired lieutenant colonel but denies murder, claiming her husband was coercive and controlling and also physically violent towards her.
But a number of friends and relatives have given evidence to say they never saw any sign that the couple were unhappy together.
Several described the defendant as the more outgoing of the two.
Julie Smith, an old friend of Jackson whom she had met when they both worked in accounts and administration at the Ministry of Defence, said she would often have one-to-one calls with her.
She told the court: ‘David was quiet, unassuming, sociable, a good man, Penelope was sociable and gregarious.
‘They both had quite strong views so they were similar in that respect.’
Ms Smith continued: ‘They seemed to rub along quite well, just little disagreements like any married couple.’
She added that she had never seen any aggression between the pair, saying: ‘They seemed comfortable in each other’s company.’
Mrs Smith said the defendant and the victim had enjoyed travel, going on several cruises a year and often spending the winter months in Spain.
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.