Woman told 999 'I thought I'd got his heart but he hasn't got one' after ...

Woman told 999 'I thought I'd got his heart but he hasn't got one' after ...
Woman told 999 'I thought I'd got his heart but he hasn't got one' after ...

A 66-year-old who stabbed her husband of 24 years to death told a 999 operator 'I thought I'd get his heart but he hasn't got one', a court has heard.

Penelope Jackson knifed her husband David, 78, in the kitchen of their home on Parsonage Road, in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year after a row over an iPad charger. 

The victim managed to call emergency services and told the operator his wife had stabbed him, and can be heard screaming in pain as Jackson allegedly drove the knife into him for the final time.

Retired accountant Penelope Jackson, 65, pictured right, has been charged with murdering her husband David, left, at their Somerset home in February this year

Retired accountant Penelope Jackson, 65, pictured right, has been charged with murdering her husband David, left, at their Somerset home in February this year

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.'

Mrs Jackson’s son-in-law, Jeremy Mullins, said the couple had been in the kitchen when the argument initially began.

He said: ‘It was one of those petty rows, apparently over a phone charger for an iPad.

The couple are thought to have moved into their Somerset home eight years ago, and in December last year police were called to their address after a row about a remote control

 The couple are thought to have moved into their Somerset home eight years ago, and in December last year police were called to their address after a row about a remote control

'They both wanted to charge up their devices and there was only one charger, so they started rowing about who could use it first.' 

On the first day of her murder trial at Bristol Crown Court on Monday, the jury heard Jackson repeatedly refusing to help the victim when a 999 call handler asked her to take steps such as apply pressure to the wound or throw him a towel to try and stem the bleeding.

Prosecutor Christopher Quinlan QC said: '[Mrs Jackson] was calm and resolute and perhaps in places resigned and, in her words, not mine, "compos mentis".'

In an 18-minute phone call while police and paramedics headed for the scene, she said: 'I thought I'd got his heart but he hasn't got one, then twice in the abdomen.'

She added: 'His abdomen is buggered.'

Mrs Jackson told the 999 operator: 'I've killed my husband, or tried to, because I've had enough' and refused to help him when the call handler asked her to take steps to stem the bleeding

Mrs Jackson told the 999 operator: 'I've killed my husband, or tried to, because I've had enough' and refused to help him when the call handler asked her to take steps to stem the bleeding

Mr Quinlan said: '[Mrs Jackson] will accept [Mr Jackson's] unlawful killing or his manslaughter but she denies her guilt properly answers his murder.'

In the 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'.

The phone call of the tragic incident was shown to the jury at Bristol Crown Court in full, which hears retired chartered accountant Jackson tell the 999 operator 'He deserves everything he gets'

The phone call of the tragic incident was shown to the jury at Bristol Crown Court in full, which hears retired chartered accountant Jackson tell the 999 operator 'He deserves everything he gets'

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