Heartbroken sister of retired colonel murdered by Penelope Jackson brands her an ‘evil monster’ and a ‘bully’
The sister of the retired colonel murdered by Penelope Jackson described her yesterday as an ‘evil monster’ and a controlling bully.
Jackson, 66, repeatedly stabbed her husband David, 78, with a filleting knife then told a 999 operator: ‘I thought I’d got him in the heart, but he hasn’t got one.’
Jurors rejected her claim that it followed decades of abuse.
Last night, Mr Jackson’s heart-broken sister Jennifer told The Mail on Sunday that her older brother had been the target of belittling put-downs for years.
‘There was only one bully in the relationship and it was Penny,’ she said. ‘She’s an evil monster.’
Penelope Jackson, 66 with her husband David. She repeatedly stabbed him with a filleting knife then told a 999 operator: ‘I thought I’d got him in the heart, but he hasn’t got one’
Speaking from her Birmingham home, she said: ‘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. My brother was too proud to admit she bullied him and walk away.’
Jailing her for a minimum of 18 years on Friday, Judge Martin Picton told Jackson he was sure her husband ‘was nothing like the person you claimed’.
He added: ‘I have no doubt that you intended to kill your husband.’
Jackson killed her husband after the pair rowed over a dish of bubble and squeak in February
Bristol Crown Court heard she killed him in February after they rowed over a dish of bubble and squeak she served at a virtual dinner shared online with daughter Isabelle Potterton and her husband, Tom.
When Jackson was arrested in her M&S pyjamas, she told police her husband ‘got everything he deserved’. Her sister-in-law, a retired secretary, wept tears of gratitude with her husband Brian, both 78, when Jackson was found guilty after the three-week trial.
But former Ministry of Defence accountant Jackson showed no emotion when she was convicted.
‘She was always a cold and callous woman,’ Jennifer Jackson said. ‘I didn’t like her from the moment I set eyes on her and neither did our late mother. David was always the blue-eyed boy, his murder would have killed her.’
The mother-of-three said the family had reservations from the start about the pair’s relationship, which began as an affair on an Army base. Soon after discovering her infidelity, Jackson’s third husband, Alan Warrender, killed himself.
‘They had a one-night stand and it went from there,’ she said. ‘She became pregnant and he wanted to do the right thing – even though the baby wasn’t his. That’s why he married her.’
Mr Jackson left his second wife Sheila and adopted Mrs Potterton, the daughter Jackson had with Mr Warrander. In their 28 years together the couple spent time at their second home in the Dordogne, went on world cruises and holidayed in Spain, but the pressure of lockdown caused tension.
Officers were called to the Jacksons’s Berrow home in Somerset after paramedics reported a man had been seriously injured
Throughout the trial, the victim’s family bitterly rejected Jackson’s version of events that her husband had treated her with ‘utter contempt’ and violence for years.
Jennifer Jackson said: ‘She was so sure of herself, she was planning her life for when she got out of prison, saying she was going to sell the £300,000 bungalow they lived in.’
The only incidents of domestic abuse witnessed by anyone were in 1998, after Mr Jackson’s only son Gavin killed himself having had an affair while his wife, a niece of Mr Jackson’s second wife, was expecting their first child.
Jane Calverley, Mr Jackson’s daughter from his first marriage, said her father ‘was not perfect’, but he ‘sought help for the pain he was feeling and inflicting on others back in 1998’.
Mrs Calverley said her family had seen Jackson ‘belittling, tormenting and baiting’ her father at the start of their relationship and that she was a woman ‘no one in our family liked or trusted’.
Mr Jackson’s first wife, Patricia, is said to have never stopped loving him and is struggling with his death.
Mr Warrender’s sister-in-law Mary, 62, also dismissed the allegations, telling The Mail on Sunday: ‘Penny would not have tolerated abuse from any man. She would get rid of people when it suited her.
;David had what she wanted, which was money and security.’
Jackson’s lawyers are expected to appeal against her conviction. But Jennifer Jackson said: ‘Justice has been done for my brother – a lovely man. She got what she deserved. I hope she never walks free.’