Fatal Gosport stabbing was fuelled by drink, say investigators

LOCKED UP Jennifer Parkinson was jailed for killing her husband
LOCKED UP Jennifer Parkinson was jailed for killing her husband
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THE officer who led the investigation into a woman who stabbed her husband to death says it was a tragic case.

Acting Detective Sergeant Larry Grist believes Jennifer Parkinson is genuinely sorry for killing her husband Michael.

The 66-year-old former PA was cleared of murdering the retired headteacher but admitted a charge of manslaughter.

As reported in The News, she was jailed for three years and eight months at Winchester Crown Court by Judge Guy Boney QC who said she had taken her husband’s life and ruined her own.

Parkinson was one-and-a-half-times the drink-drive limit when she attacked her husband on March 22 last year.

She stabbed the 63-year-old three times at their waterfront apartment, in a gated community off Mumby Road in Gosport, after a row over money. The couple owned 20 properties which they rented out but they had struggled with debt and at one point were losing £4,000 a month and facing bankruptcy.

During the trial the court heard that the pair both drank heavily.

Acting Det Sgt Grist said: ‘It was a tragic case that was clearly influenced by alcohol.

‘It’s obviously an incident which she will clearly regret for the rest of her life.’

When Parkinson gave evidence during the trial she repeatedly broke down in tears. The jury also heard the harrowing 999 call she made after the attack, when she begged for someone to help her husband of 20 years.

Parkinson had also refused legal representation at one stage, saying it would not make any difference after what she had done.

The officer, who was at court throughout the trial, said: ‘She was upset in the witness box and I think that was genuine.’

Mr Parkinson did not have any children and only had a couple of elderly relatives but his wife has children from a previous relationship and family in Havant.

Acting Det Sgt Grist said: ‘The family are obviously very upset about what has happened.’