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Husband 'held knife to his wife's throat' before she stabbed him to death in a row over her birthday

A retired lieutenant colonel who was stabbed to death by his wife had once 'put a knife to her throat during a BBQ garden party', their daughter told a court today.

Penelope Jackson, 66, was arrested by police after she stabbed 78-year-old David Jackson three times in the kitchen of their family home in Berrow, Somerset, on February 13.

The couple had enjoyed an expensive dinner of crab, lobster and steak for Jackson's birthday when she 'lost all control' after a row erupted over bubble and squeak to accompany the meal.

Jackson admits manslaughter but denies murder, claiming her husband was violent towards her and coercively controlling.

Today, Isobel Potterton, 31, who is the daughter of Penelope and the adopted daughter of David, described three incidents between her father and mother that left her 'scared'.

She said she had memories of her father acting violently towards her mother between 1997 or 1998, soon after the suicide of his son from his first marriage, Gavin Jackson.

The incidents took place when the family were living on a military base in Germany when Ms Potterton was around seven or eight.

Mrs Potterton said her father got her out of bed and told her to get a mug filed with chocolates - which she had bought the defendant for Mother's Day - out of its hiding place in an airing cupboard.

He then smashed it in front of her, she said.

Mrs Potterton said her father would have known she had bought the gift for her mother 'because he would have given me the money'.

On another occasion Mrs Potterton recalled coming home from school and finding her father pushing her mother up against a wall, and her mother with a bloody nose.

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

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

'I might go and stab him again': What Penelope Jackson said to the 999 operator after the attack

The court also released audio of Jackson's 999 call, where she is heard telling operators who asked his whereabouts: 'He is in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck.'

The defendant grabs the phone and refused to help her husband as he lay on bleeding to death on the kitchen floor.

She stated: 'I killed my husband because I've had enough. I might go and stab him again. I am in the lounge, he is in the kitchen bleeding to death with any luck.'

She added: 'He threatened me before, but he's not threatening me now.'

She repeatedly tells the operator she does not want any help or wants to help her husband in any way to stem the bleeding.

She added: '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.

'I did it the once and then he said 'I wouldn't do it again' so I did it twice more. She also tells the operator she thought she had stabbed him in the heart - but added: 'He doesn't have one.'

She also revealed on the fatal night a row broke out about potatoes and bubble and squeak - and an iPad charger.

Jackson denies murder at Bristol Crown Court.

Speaking today, Mrs Potterton recalled one occasion in Germany where her father had been stationed with the army.

She remembered a sudden change in mood among guests before everyone ran towards the house and up to her parent's bedroom.

'I can remember mum saying something, everyone jumping up, and then running into the house,' she told the court.

'Everybody was upstairs on the landing at the doorway of mum and dad's bedroom.

'Dad had a knife to mum's throat. She was against the doorway.'

Family members eventually managed to pull Mr Jackson's arm back and disarm him, she said.

Mrs Potterton said she was taken to stay with nearby friends for a short period after the attack before she returned to her parents.

She also remembered a time when she had just come off the bus from primary school, also in Germany, when she witnessed her father once again grappling with her mother.

'Mum was up against the wall of the hallway. Her nose was bleeding and dad had her pinned up against the wall,' she said.

Sketch of Penelope Jackson at Bristol Crown Court, where she admits manslaughter but denies murder

'She was crying. I was told to go upstairs.'

She added: 'After that, mum packed two suitcases, and we went and stayed in a hotel that night. She said we were leaving.'

However, later the next day the pair reconciled, and she returned with her mother back to the family home.

Mrs Potterton also described how her father once got her out of bed and told her to get the mug filed with chocolates she had got Jackson for Mother's Day out of its hiding place in the airing cupboard.

'(The victim) smashed it in front of me,' she said.

The witness said her father would have known she had bought the gift for her mother 'because he would have given me the money'.

Mrs Potterton said she arranged for the birthday dinner to take place over a Zoom call on February 13 this year.

Due to the lockdown she had sourced the food in advance so the family could eat together.

'We had cocktails to start off with,' she said. 'We'd all dressed up, it was all good.'

However, Mrs Potterton said that an argument among her parents that had arisen over a lack of potatoes in the pre-prepared food box had resurfaced over the zoom call.

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