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Woman who stabbed husband wrote a confession while waiting for the police

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A woman who stabbed her husband three times after a series of Zoom calls wrote a confession while waiting for police to arrive at the scene, a court heard.

Penelope Jackson is accused of killing her 24-year-old husband David on February 13 this year in the kitchen of her bungalow in Berrow, Somerset.

The court heard the 78-year-old man manage to call emergency services before he lost consciousness, but the defendant refused to follow instructions from the operator to help him with his death.

On the second day of the 66-year-old’s trial for murder in Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday, jury was informed that upon arrival at the scene, police officers found a confession on a pad written over the phone.

“Whoever it is, I’ve experienced so much abuse over the years – check out my records,” the note read.

“But he was a good papa. Tonight, however, the mask slipped. That was unforgivable [sic].

“I accept my sentence, may he rot in hell.”

During an 18-minute 911 call and in later conversations with the police, the woman repeatedly admitted what she had done.

The officials even said Jackson was so forthcoming about the incident that they advised her to stop speaking and wait for legal advice.

She replied that there was “nothing” to wait and added, “Why I did it is a different matter, but I did it.”

However, when interviewed the day after the incident, Jackson refused to answer police questions and provided a prepared statement arguing that her husband abused and controlled her.

She said the “extreme violence” began in 1998 after the suicide of David Jackson’s son from his first marriage.

In the statement, the defendant also said the stabbing was sparked by an argument after her daughter bought her and David a gourmet meal for her birthday, which the husband then ate with her daughter and son-in-law via Zoom without her.

After a dispute over food, the call ended and Jackson went to bed with a knife under her pillow to protect himself, she said.

The statement goes on to say that when she woke up, she felt “she couldn’t do this anymore” and intended to kill herself.

“I told David I had enough and I would kill myself and he said ‘then go ahead’ – then I thought ‘why should it be me? It’s you, ”she said, adding that the husband allegedly made her stab him.

The court was told that during the 999 call, David apparently heard screaming in pain as the defendant attacked him with it again “.

The trial also heard that Jackson was found with bruises on her arms when she was arrested, which doctors concluded could have been inflicted on the night of the murder.

Jackson admitted manslaughter but denied murder.

The process, which is expected to take three weeks, continues.

Additional reporting by PA

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