A murder trial has opened at Bristol Crown Court this week following the stabbing death of a man in Berrow earlier this year.

Penelope Jackson, 66, attacked her husband David in the kitchen of their home in Berrow’s Parsonage Road in February.

She had been married to the 78-year-old, who died at the scene, for 24 years.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court heard Mrs Jackson told a 999 call handler that her husband was “bleeding to death with any luck”.

On the first day of her murder trial, the court was told Mr Jackson called the emergency services himself on 13th February after he was stabbed.

He said his wife had stabbed him, and could be heard screaming.

Mrs Jackson, who denies murder, then took over the call, saying: “I’ve killed my husband, or tried to, because I’ve had enough.”

Mrs Jackson repeatedly refused to help the victim when a 999 call handler asked her to take steps to stem the bleeding.

Prosecutor Christopher Quinlan QC said: “(Jackson) was calm and resolute and perhaps in places resigned and, in her words, not mine, ‘compos mentis’.”

In an 18-minute phone call while police and paramedics headed for the house on Parsonage Road, she said: “I thought I’d got his heart but he hasn’t got one, then twice in the abdomen.”

Mr Quinlan said: “(Jackson) will accept (Mr Jackson’s) unlawful killing or his manslaughter but she denies her guilt properly answers his murder.”

In the call, which was played in full to the jury, Jackson was asked to pass him a clean dry cloth and replied: “I’m not helping him, the paramedics can help him but I’m not.”

Mrs Jackson tells the call handler she stabbed her husband because “he thought I couldn’t go through with it”.

“I’ll end up in prison, which is preferable to my life right now,” she says.

The court heard that the victim was Mrs Jackson’s fourth husband and she was his third wife, and that they had married in 1996.

In late December 2020, police were called to their address following a row over a TV remote control.

Mrs Jackson told officers she had locked her husband in their conservatory so he would “calm down” but that he had smashed his way out with a poker.

She claimed he had been acting out of character following an operation to replace the battery in a deep brain implant used to manage a condition that caused his hands and limbs to tremble.

Mr Quinlan told the jury they would hear about difficulties in the Jacksons’ relationship, but added: “There is a difference, though, between a relationship with some occasional difficulties and one that is abusive and coercive and controlling.”

“I use these words because these are the words Penelope Jackson used to describe her relationship with David Jackson – he was abusive, she said, he was controlling and he coerced her.”

The trial, expected to last three weeks, continues.

 
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