Wife told 999 'I thought I'd got his heart but he hasn't got one' after stabbing husband

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Penelope Jackson (left) is accused of murdering her husband David (right). Credit: SWNS

A wife told a 999 operator "I thought I'd get his heart but he hasn't got one" after stabbing her husband at their home in Somerset, a court has heard.

Penelope Jackson stabbed her husband David, 78, in the kitchen of their home in Berrow, Somerset, in February.

On the first day of her murder trial at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, the jury heard Jackson told a 999 call handler her husband was "bleeding to death with any luck".

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Mr Jackson managed to call for help - telling the operator his wife had attacked him - but then could be heard screaming in pain as his wife allegedly stabbed him again.

Jackson herself then took over the call, and calmly told the call handler: "I've killed my husband, or tried to, because I've had enough."

When asked where he was, she replied: "He's in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck."

Jackson repeatedly refused to help her husband when a 999 call handler asked her to apply pressure to the wound and 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'."

Mr Quinlan added: "(Jackson) will accept (Mr Jackson's) unlawful killing or his manslaughter but she denies her guilt properly answers his murder."

During the 18-minute call, which was played in full to the jury, Jackson can be heard calmly telling the operator her husband is "moaning on the kitchen floor", adding "he's got some holes in him".

When she is asked to pass him a clean dry cloth, she replies: "I'm not helping him, the paramedics can help him but I'm not."

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

The defendant then says "he deserves everything he gets", adding "I'll accept everything that's coming my way".

"I'll end up in prison, which is preferable to my life right now," she says.

When the call handler tells her "can you try and stop the bleeding because we don't want him to die", she replies "I do".

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

The defendant had worked in administration and accounts in the Royal Air Force and later the army, where she met Mr Jackson - 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.

The defendant told officers she had locked her husband in their conservatory so he would "calm down" but that he had smashed his way out with the poker from their wood burning stove.

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 the 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, which is expected to last three weeks, continues.