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Woman, 66, stabbed husband, 78, to death ‘after he belittled her for serving bells and beeps’

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Woman, 66, stabbed her husband, 78, to death ‘after he belittled her for serving bubbly and squeaking in her birthday steak dinner’

  • Court heard claims today argument exploded after arguing over birthday meal
  • Jackson faces trial for murdering Mr. Jackson after being stabbed three times
  • She is accused of killing the former colonel with a kitchen knife, but denies murder










A woman stabbed her husband to death after an argument over serving bubbly and squeaking steak for her birthday, a court heard today.

Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed David Jackson, 78, three times with a kitchen knife hours after they argued over a family meal to celebrate her birthday.

Jackson told the court that her husband became angry because she prepared a side dish of bubbly and squeaky vegetables to eat in addition to the expensive meal their daughter had bought to celebrate her birthday.

“I was just shocked — it was the eyes again — they were spinning on a sixpence,” Jackson told the jury.

“I was absolutely shocked that he was being so mean. The conversation that had been loud and chatty just died.

“I said don’t do this again and started to cry and I stepped aside and I cried softly.

“I was just in, in pieces – my whole birthday is ruined – all bubbling and squeaking.”

The judge yesterday authorized the release of the 18-minute 999 call played to the jury, along with bodycam footage of her arrest as the prosecution ended.

She is accused of killing him with a kitchen knife after claiming she could no longer stand him.  Pictured: During her arrest in video released yesterday

She is accused of killing him with a kitchen knife after claiming she could no longer stand him. Pictured: During her arrest in video released yesterday

She added: “This was the last straw because in December I had mentally said I wouldn’t put up with it.

“He had disdain for me and he had been so rude and obnoxious in front of our daughter. It was not the drop that broke the camel’s back, but it was in the bundle.

“I cried and cried and cried, I was so upset about the whole last year of my marriage. As far as I was concerned, my marriage had just imploded.

“It wasn’t earth-shattering, just belittling me about bubbles and beeps.”

After the altercation, Jackson said she brought a kitchen knife into her bedroom with the intention of using it to kill herself, but instead walked into her husband’s bedroom to talk to him.

“I wanted him to say, ‘I’m sorry, Pen.’ He didn’t, he just said, “For God’s sake, you’re pathetic, go ahead and go back to bed,” she said.

“It was like, ‘Pass the sugar’. I was in total despair. I looked at him and said, “I didn’t do anything wrong, admit you’re sorry”. He said, “For God’s sake shut up”. He literally didn’t care—it was utter contempt.’

Ms Jackson is on trial for the murder of Mr Jackson after he was stabbed three times in their £300,000 bungalow on 13 February.

She is accused of killing the retired colonel with a kitchen knife and denies murder but admitted to manslaughter.

She continues to wander as she was in the back of the police car, which also picked up one of the officers' bodycam footage, as she did while at the station

She continues to wander as she was in the back of the police car, which also picked up one of the officers’ bodycam footage, as she did while at the station

Footage was shown yesterday in Bristol Crown Court of Jackson being arrested for refusing to help her ‘abusive’ husband as he lay dying on the kitchen floor.

She calmly tells the police what she allegedly did to Mr Jackson after they arrived at their home in Berrow, Somerset.

She gives the officers horrific comments like ‘if you’re lucky you’ll be late’, ‘I should have stabbed him a little more’ and ‘maybe I’ll stab him again’.

But during her arrest, Jackson seems more concerned with getting her coat and slippers from her house, where she repeatedly asks for officers.

The defendant told Bristol Crown Court yesterday that she had stabbed him after being ‘petrified’ by the violence she was subjected to during their marriage.

She claimed she was “walking on eggshells” and “lived with a knot in my stomach” and told the jury, “I didn’t know if I woke up with nice David or nasty David.”

The judge authorized the release of an 18-minute 999 call played to the jury, along with bodycam footage of her arrest as the prosecution case ended.

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