The jury trying the case of Penelope Jackson at Bristol Crown Court has been given a majority direction by Judge Martin Picton.

Penelope Jackson, 66, stabbed 78-year-old David Jackson three times in the kitchen of their home on Parsonage Road in Berrow on February 13 this year.

Jackson admits manslaughter but denies murder.

Details of 999 call

In an 18-minute 999 call, Jackson told the operator her husband was “bleeding to death with any luck” and repeatedly refused to follow their instructions to try and help him.

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It was David Jackson who initially made the call, and at the beginning can be heard screaming in pain as the defendant apparently drives the knife into him for a third and final time.

Jackson denies murder but admits manslaughter, claiming she was the the victim of years of violence and controlling behaviour at the hands of her husband.

The couple’s daughter Isabelle Potterton said she had witnessed three instances of serious aggression by her father against her mother in the late 1990s soon after his son from his first marriage took his own life.

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But she agreed that for the past 20 years they had seemed to have a close and loving relationship, with lots of shared interests including travel and gardening.

Mrs Potterton said her parents would bicker over small things, but their anger rarely lasted long.

Jury considering verdict

Explaining to the jury their route to a verdict, Judge Martin Picton said that Jackson’s defence rests on the issues of a lack of intent to kill and loss of self-control.

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He added they must consider whether a person in similar circumstances possessed of “a normal degree of tolerance and self-restraint” would have acted in the same way.