A woman who repeatedly stabbed her husband and left him to die on their kitchen floor once threatened to ‘do a Bobbitt on him’ if he ever tried to leave her, a court has heard.
Penelope Jackson, 66, knifed her husband David, a retired lieutenant colonel, at the bungalow they shared in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13 this year.
Jurors at Bristol Crown Court have heard she penned a confession saying, ‘may he rot in hell’ and told a call handler during a dramatic 999 call: ‘I thought I’d got his heart, but he hasn’t got one.’
On Tuesday, Mr Jackson’s ex-wife Sheila Taylor told the court he had confided in her that he was ‘very frightened’ of the defendant, who he claimed had threatened to ‘do a Bobbit on him’ if he ever ended the relationship.
The alleged threat was a reference to a high-profile case in the US at around the same time where a wife, Lorena Bobbitt, sliced off her husband’s penis.
Ms Taylor told the court: ‘He was very frightened.
‘He honestly believed she was capable of carrying out that threat.’
The court heard her marriage to Mr Jackson, 78, had ended when he began an affair with the defendant in 1993.
Ms Taylor recalled finding out about it when Jackson rang their home and demanded to speak to her husband.
She said he had been ‘white and shaking’ when he came off the call, adding: ‘He told me he had been having an affair with a woman called Penny, but the relationship was now over.
‘(Jackson) didn’t want the relationship to be over and she was insisting he tell me about it and go and live with her.’
Ms Taylor said that she believed her former husband ‘was afraid of Penelope’.
She added: ‘He was frightened she would destroy his army career and destroy his reputation and there’s no doubt in my mind she was capable of doing that.’
Mr Jackson’s daughter from his first marriage, Jane Calverley, said she had never seen the couple be violent towards one another, but said the defendant had liked making people feel uncomfortable.
She said: ‘It always felt as if he was on edge, my father was very particular, he didn’t like to be shown up, when we were children, we were always told to behave properly because he didn’t like to be the centre of attention.
‘When he was with the defendant, he always seemed like he was on edge.’
Ms Calverley continued: ‘I always felt everything had to revolve around Jackson, she was a very larger than life character, she would enjoy making people uncomfortable.’
She said Jackson had ‘enjoyed finding people’s sore spots and poking them’, adding: ‘It’s hard to describe how (Jackson and the victim) interacted.
‘It never felt comfortable.’
Ms Calverley said alcohol had been a big part of her father and stepmother’s lives but said she had never seen them argue.
She added: ‘I never saw them argue, (Jackson) would just bait (the victim) – it wouldn’t result in an argument necessarily.’
She also recalled staying with Jackson and her father when she was having trouble in her marriage.
Ms Calverley said Jackson told her: ‘It’s much easier if your husband kills himself.’
The jury heard that Jackson’s third husband had taken his own life a few days after he learned of her affair with the victim.
Jackson admits manslaughter but denies murder, claiming that she suffered years of physical abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour at the hands of the victim.
The trial, which is due to last three weeks, continues.
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