Chilling footage shows the moment a woman is arrested after killing her ‘bully husband’.
The video shows the moment Penelope Jackson, 66, was arrested after stabbing her ‘abusive’ husband David Jackson, 78.
Mrs Jackson says she stabbed her husband of 24 years after becoming “petrified” by violence she says she was subjected to throughout their marriage.
She said she “never knew what was going to happen” when she walked through the door of the home she shared with her husband.
Mr Jackson died after being stabbed three times by his wife on 13 February at their home in Parsonage Road, Berrow, Somerset.
Mrs Jackson gave evidence to a jury at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (19 October), where she told how the couple had got together following an affair they had had while she was still married to her second husband, who went on to take his own life.
She said her daughter with her second husband grew up thinking Mr Jackson was her father, but he would threaten Jackson to “behave or I will tell her I’m not her daddy”.
Mrs Jackson, who admits manslaughter but denies murdering her husband, said she “walked on eggshells” and “lived with a knot in my stomach” throughout their marriage.
Mrs Jackson said her husband was often violent following arguments and told the jury: “I didn’t know if I was waking up to nice David or nasty David.”
“It would always start out with him being verbally aggressive. It was always about me being disloyal and he would say, ‘you never loved me anyway’. He called me a ‘thing’ like I wasn’t a person,” she said.
“It would escalate, and he would shake me most of the time, he strangled me sometimes and I would go unconscious sometimes. Other times I would be semi-conscious, and I would be on the bed or the floor and if he was really angry he would kick me.”
Mrs Jackson told the court Mr Jackson would “always apologise” after the incidents.
She said that in the years following her second husband’s death, she felt forced to hide mementos, including photographs and love letters from him, fearing that they would be destroyed by Mr Jackson.
Mrs Jackson told the jury: “I always kept my wedding pictures and I put them in the loft. In 1996 work took us to Germany and one night before that I went to bed and when I got up the next morning the room had been smashed to pieces. He had used an axe and the sofa and sitting room had been slashed.
“I was baffled. He said he was so angry and frightened I was going to go to Germany and leave him and he took it out on the furniture, and he inferred it was better to take it out on that than me.”
The trial continues.