‘I tried to stab him in the heart – but he doesn’t have one,’ the abused woman told 999.


AN ABUSED wife who knifed her husband told a 999 handler that she tried to stab him through the heart but that “he doesn’t have one”, a court heard today.

Penelope Jackson, 66, allegedly stabbed her husband David, 78, at their home in Berrow, Somerset on February 13.

On the first day of the trial at Bristol Crown Court, the 18-minute call was played for the jury.

The victim managed to call the emergency services, telling an operator that his wife had stabbed him.

The defendant then grabbed the phone and told the operator calmly: “I’ve killed my husband, or tried to because I’ve had enough.”

Jackson claimed she needed a way out of what she described as an “abusive relationship”.

“I might go and stab him again,” Jackson said on the call.

“I am in the lounge, he is in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck.”

She said she had put “three holes in him” and added: “He is getting a bit slumpy.

“He threatened me before, but he’s not threatening me now.”

When the 999 operator asked for her husband’s whereabouts she said: “He is in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck.”

Jackson refused to help her husband, who she had been married to for 24 years, when the 999 handler asked her to apply pressure on his wounds.

“I am not going to help him,” she said.

“I know this is being recorded. I am compos mentis, but I have had enough of the abuse and the nastiness. I am not doing anything to help him.

“He deserves everything he has got – I accept everything that is coming my way. I might just go and do it again.”

She added: “Once I thought I had got his heart, but he hasn’t got one. And then twice in the abdomen.”

The trial heard that police had been called just before Christmas last year when he grabbed her by the arm and left her with bruises in a row sparked about the volume button on a remote control.

I’ll end up in prison but that is preferable to my life now

The defendant told the operator they had been on a zoom call with their daughter and son-in-law and had a lovely meal before he “went off on one.”

Asked by the paramedic if she meant for him to die, she responded: “Not when I started, but now I just want a way out.

“I’ll end up in prison but that is preferable to my life now.”

Police officers then arrived and arrested her on suspicion of murder.

David couldn’t be saved and died as a result of stab wounds, a post mortem later revealed.

Prosecutor… Brinkwire Brief News.


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