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Wife, 66, joked to police as she was arrested for stabbing husband

‘Do you usually get murderers in M&S pyjamas?’: What wife, 66, joked to police as she was arrested in her nightwear for stabbing to death ex-colonel husband, 78, ‘after threatening to chop off his penis’

  • Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed her husband of 24 years David Jackson, 78
  • Jurors were shown arrest footage of Jackson on the third day of her trial 
  • Police were called to couple’s home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 
  • Jackson denies the murder of her husband but has accepted manslaughter


A pensioner who stabbed her husband to death joked with police officers about being arrested in her Marks & Spencer pyjamas, a court heard yesterday.

Penelope Jackson, 66, was detained after she knifed 78-year-old David three times in the kitchen of their family home and refused a 999 operator’s pleas to help him.

She was taken to Bridgwater station in Somerset where she talked openly about what had happened, the jury was told.

The former Ministry of Defence accountant asked officers: ‘Do you usually have murderers where they’re wearing Marks & Spencer pyjamas?’

She added: ‘I did it. Why I did it is a different issue. Am I sorry? No. And you can take that. Yeah, I’m not sorry. It’s been a long time coming.’

Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed 78-year-old David Jackson (pictured together), a retired lieutenant colonel, three times in the kitchen of their family home 

Officers were also told by the suspect: ‘I haven’t got the knife with me, don’t laugh.’ One replied: ‘I can assure you we’re not laughing.’ At one point, Jackson was advised to stop talking until she had legal representation.

But she continued, saying: ‘I know what I’ve done and why I’ve done it and if I haven’t done it properly I’m really annoyed. There’s no issue, I stabbed him, he’s an aggressive bully and nasty and I’ve had enough.’ 

Sitting in the dock yesterday, Jackson had her head in her hands at times as the court was shown footage of the night of her arrest.

At one point she was shown standing outside her front door, telling police: ‘I admit it all. He’s on the kitchen floor. With any luck, you’ll be too late.

‘I am totally compos mentis, whatever. He deserved it, so do not judge me.’

Jackson is said to have used an eight-inch filleting knife in the fatal attack.

The third day of the murder trial also heard that Jackson has a tattoo above her right buttock that reads ‘Property of David Jackson’.

A friend, Veronica Statham, told the jury she believed it was done ‘in a fit of pique’.

She added: ‘I got the impression she had done it to be a bit controversial. I think she said David was away at the time, something had come up, and she decided to go and have the tattoo. I think she said that David was unhappy about it.’

Jackson (left with her husband David Jackson) admitted manslaughter of the retired lieutenant colonel but denies murder

Jackson (left with her husband David Jackson) admitted manslaughter of the retired lieutenant colonel but denies murder

Police officers were called to the couple's home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year

Police officers were called to the couple’s home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year

Earlier in the trial, Mr Jackson’s daughter from his first marriage, Jane, said the defendant ‘found baiting people fun’.

Mr Jackson was pronounced dead in the kitchen of the marital home in Berrow, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on the night of February 13.

Jackson denies murder but has admitted manslaughter. The trial continues. 

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