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PICTURED TOGETHER: Retired accountant Penelope Jackson, 65, has been charged with murdering her husband David Jackson at their Somerset home over the weekend https://www.facebook.com/penelope.jackson.395 A 65-year-old woman has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Berrow over the weekend. Penelope Jackson, of Parsonage Road, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates Court today (Monday 15 February). Police and paramedics were called to an address at approximately 9.15pm on Saturday 13 February after a 78-year-old man had been severely injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem was carried out yesterday and revealed he had died following a number of stab wounds. Formal identification is yet to take place, but we believe the man to be David Jackson. His family have been informed and are receiving support from a specialist family liaison officer at this difficult time. They have asked for their privacy to be respected. A police cordon remains and we?d like to thank the community for their patience while our enquiries are carried out. We?d urge anyone with concerns about the incident to speak with the officers in the area and they will be happy to help.
Penelope Jackson stabbed husband David three times (Picture: Facebook)

A woman who stabbed her husband of 24 years during a row at their home wrote a confession signed off with the words ‘may he rot in hell’ as she waited for the police to arrive, a court heard.

Penelope Jackson, 66, knifed husband David, 78, three times in the kitchen of their bungalow in Berrow, Somerset, after arguing over a Zoom call on February 13 this year.

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Jurors at Bristol Crown Court have heard she repeatedly refused to help Mr Jackson when directed to by a 999 operator after he called for an ambulance, instead telling them: ‘The paramedics can help him but I’m not.’

On the second day of her murder trial on Tuesday, the court was told police sent to the property found a confession written on a pad left by the telephone.

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.

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

ALL TV OUT. ALL TV RELATED INTERNET SITES OUT. Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Penelope Jackson at Bristol Crown Court where she admits manslaughter but denies murder of her husband David. The 66 year old knifed her husband of 24 years in the kitchen of their bungalow in Parsonage Road in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year. Picture date: Tuesday October 12, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Jackson. Photo credit should read: Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Court artist sketch of Jackson at Bristol Crown Court (Picture: PA)

Jackson also 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, which was played in full to the jury, and later to police, Jackson repeatedly acknowledged what she had done.

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

She then apologised for ‘being a nuisance’.

Jurors heard she was so forthcoming that officers had to tell her to stop talking and wait for a lawyer.

She responded: ‘There’s nothing. I did it. Why I did it is a different issue, but I did it.’

FILE PICTURE - Penelope Jackson (PICTURED), will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court today, October 11, 2021, for the murder of her husband David at their home in Berrow, Somerset. A woman has been arrested and police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in a small village. Officers were called to Berrow in Somerset at 9.15pm on Saturday after paramedics reported a male had been seriously injured. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification has yet to take place but the next of kin have been informed. Berrow, Somerset. 13 February 2021.
Jurors heard Jackson wrote out a confession (Picture: SWNS)

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.’

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

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

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

FILE PICTURE - Penelope Jackson, will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court today, October 11, 2021, for the murder of her husband David Jackson (PICTURED), at their home in Berrow, Somerset. A woman has been arrested and police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man in a small village. Officers were called to Berrow in Somerset at 9.15pm on Saturday after paramedics reported a male had been seriously injured. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification has yet to take place but the next of kin have been informed. Berrow, Somerset. 13 February 2021.
Jackson claimed her husband had been abusive and controlling towards her (Picture: SWNS)

The defendant said their daughter 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’.

The court heard that, when she was arrested, Jackson had bruises on her arms that doctors concluded could have been inflicted on the night of the killing.

Jackson admits manslaughter but denies murder. The trial, which is due to last three weeks, continues.

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