KILLER wife Penelope Jackson was abused by her “arrogant bully” husband before she stabbed him to death in the kitchen of their Somerset home, it’s claimed.
Alan Jackson – younger brother of murdered David, 78 – said he will visit her in prison after she was this week sentenced to life behind bars.
The siblings of David Jackson have spoken out after his wife Penelope was jailed for murder – with brother Alan saying he plans to visit the killer in jailCredit: martin dabek
However, David’s sister says he was the victim of abuse, not Penelope, following a case that divided Brits
Penelope Jackson, 66, told jurors at Bristol Crown Court she faced years of emotional and physical abuse before she snapped in February this year.
Following a row over dinner and an iPad charger, Jackson slashed her husband across the chest in a bedroom,
As he tried desperately to call for help, she stabbed him twice more.
She held an 18-minute conversation with a 999 call handler, during which she refused to put pressure on Mr Jackson’s injuries.
Jackson also admitted she’d tried to stab her husband through the heart – but added: “He doesn’t have one.”
Alan Jackson told the Sunday Times he’d visit his sister-in-law so she’d know “she’s not on her own”.
“I want to say to her, ‘What you’ve gone through I can quite imagine. I know
what he was like towards me and my wife. You’re not on your own’,” he said.
He said he and his late brother used to be close. However, Mr Jackson changed when he joined the Army and began drinking, he claimed.
‘YOU’RE NOT ALONE’
On one occasion, he claims their mum Lilian accused David of trying to strangle her.
And in the heat of another row, he said David told him: “Alan, if you don’t pick up the phone and if anything happens to mum before we get her out of hospital, I’ll walk all over your grave and walk all over you.”
He alleged David ‘bullied’ his wife, adding: “I don’t know what kind of a life she had with David.
“No one deserves to die the way he did, but I can believe Penny would have been pushed to her limits.”
However, David’s sister Jennifer has also spoken to the press – describing Penelope as an “evil monster”.
She told the Mail on Sunday: “There was only one bully in the relationship and it was Penny.
“She drank lots of white wine and would just start on him.
“She would bully and belittle him, putting him down, making all the decisions.
“She was not a victim of domestic abuse – he was the victim.”
‘DAVID WAS THE TRUE VICTIM’
The case has divided the nation after the judge said Penelope had shown “not a shred of remorse” – and instead had painted Mr Jackson as a “monster”.
As she was being arrested, she told police: “There’s no issue, I stabbed him. He’s an aggressive bully and nasty and I’ve had enough.”
Judge Martin Picton said: “Whilst there was no doubt, as in any marriage, points of friction that the lockdown would have exacerbated, I have no doubt that he was nothing like the person you have claimed.
“You took the life of another human being. That is a terrible thing to do and it represents a burden you and all the other family members will have to bear for the rest of their lives.
“Their memories of (David Jackson) will always be tarnished by the manner of his death and by the way you sought to portray him.”
And the couple’s daughter Isabelle Potterton released a moving tribute to her dad shortly after her mum was sentenced.
“From the moment when the police knocked on our door and told us what had happened, I had not only lost my dad but I had lost my mum too. My life was changed forever,” she said.
“I have lost the man that I looked up to and loved… But I feel I have also lost my mum.
“I have lost the woman who always knew how to make me feel better. The woman who was my friend, my champion and my support. The woman who cared, cherished and loved me.
“Yes, I know mum is here but she’s not the same person I knew.
“I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that the relationship I once cherished can never be built back to what it was.”
Penelope left a note saying she hoped David would ‘rot in hell’ after killing himCredit: SWNS
She told a jury she had suffered years of torment at his hands and pleaded guilty to manslaughterCredit: ITV
But jurors convicted her of murder – and a judge said she’d tried to paint her husband as a ‘monster’Credit: SWNS