Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

A woman who stabbed her husband three times following a row over a Zoom call wrote a confession as she waited for police to arrive, a court has heard.  

Penelope Jackson, 66, knifed her husband of 24 years David in the kitchen of their bungalow in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year. 

Mr Jackson 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. 

On the second day of her trial for murder at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, the jury were told police found a confession written on a pad by the telephone when they arrived at the scene.

The note read: ‘To whom it may concern, I have taken so much abuse over the years – look at my records.’

It continued: ‘But he was a good Daddy. However the mask slipped tonight. That was unforgiveable.

‘I accept my punishment, may he rot in hell.’

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

Retired accountant Penelope Jackson, 65, pictured right, has been charged with murdering her husband David, left, at their Somerset home in February this year

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

 The couple are thought to have moved into their Somerset home eight years ago, and in December last year police were called to their address after a row about a remote control

Jackson had apologised for her spelling in the note, and added a comment in one corner that appeared to read ‘self-defence’.

During the 18-minute call to emergency services, and later to police, Jackson repeatedly acknowledged what she had done.

When she was arrested on suspicion of murder, she said: ‘It’s murder now, not attempted murder? Oh good.’

She then apologised for officers for ‘being a nuisance’.

Jackson was so forthcoming, officers advised her to be quiet and wait for legal advice.

She responded: ‘There’s nothing. I did it.

‘Why I did it is a different issue, but I did it.’

The defendant continued: ‘Remorse is easy, it’s been a long time coming – I did it, I’m guilty.

‘If I was given the chance, I’d do it again, even if they locked me up for 125 million years it would still be worth it.’

Jackson added: ‘I should have walked away years ago but you don’t, I deserve everything that is coming my way because you shouldn’t do what I did.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.’

Yesterday, the trial heard details of a chilling 999 call in which Jackson told operators she tried to stab her husband in the heart but ‘he doesn’t have one’.

It resumed today with prosecutors revealing Jackson’s delight when being told her actions at their home on February 13 this year, had led to his death.

Prosecuting, Christopher Quinlan QC said she was told the allegation had been upgraded to murder when she arrived at the police station.

He said she replied: ‘Oh murder, not attempted murder? Oh, good.’ 

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

The £300,000 cul-de-sac bungalow was home to the Jackson’s, who had been married for 24 years before wife Penelope stabbed her husband David to death

But the following day, Jackson refused to answer questions in a police interview and instead she put forward a prepared statement claiming the victim had been abusive and controlling towards her.

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

Jackson said the ‘extreme violence’ had started after the suicide of the victim’s son from his first marriage in 1998.

She said the attack on February 13 had been sparked by a row over a Zoom call.

The defendant said their daughter Isabelle had bought her and Mr Jackson a gourmet meal for her birthday, and that they and their daughter and son-in-law had eaten it over Zoom together.

But the evening had turned sour, Jackson said, following a row over the food, and the call had ended.

She said she had gone to bed with a knife under her pillow for protection.

The statement said: ‘When I woke up I felt I couldn’t do this anymore and I intended to take my own life and I planned to slit my wrists.

‘I told David I had had enough and was going to kill myself and he said ‘get on with it then’ – I then thought ‘why should it be me? It’s you’.’

Jackson claimed the victim had laid down on the spare bed and goaded her into stabbing him.

During the 999 call, Mr Jackson can apparently be heard screaming in pain as the defendant drives a knife into him a final time.

Jackson tells the call handler she stabbed him because ‘he thought I couldn’t go through with it’.

Jackson was detained by cops who noted several injuries on both arms and a small cut to her finger, and the following day she was interviewed under caution.

The trial heard she had refused to answer questions but provided a statement. 

She referred to an incident in December 2020 when she called police and locked her husband in the conservatory to protect herself before he smashed his way out and assaulted her. 

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

, Woman, 66, accused of murdering ‘violent’ husband, 78, told police ‘oh, good’ when told he was dead, The Today News USA

Officers were called to Berrow in Somerset at 9.15pm on February 13 this year after paramedics reported a male had been seriously injured

Referencing the following 999 call that was played in full to the jury earlier in the trial, she added: ‘I was told I made various comments to police but I was in complete shock and traumatised by what happened. I did not intend to kill him – I just wanted him to stop. I wanted David to know the years of abuse had to stop.’

Mr Quinlan told the jury that when police carried out a search of the scene they discovered what he described as a ‘confession note.’

The note read: ‘I have taken so much abuse the over the years.’

She wrote he had been a ‘good daddy’ while in Germany’ but added: ‘However, the mask slipped tonight. 

She signed off the note by writing: ‘I accept my punishment, may he rot in hell.’

Mr Quinlan said it was clear the note had been written before the 999 call as police arrived during that period.

The defendant had worked in administration and accounts in the Royal Air Force and later the army, where she met the victim who had worked his way up from private to lieutenant colonel.

Before settling in Somerset, the couple had lived in Germany and France and their friends had described them as ‘happy together’.

One friend told police their relationship was ‘nothing out of the ordinary’, while another said: ‘They would occasionally disagree and argue and bicker, but it never lasted long’.

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

Jackson denies murder but has accepted manslaughter.

The trial continues.