Gosport woman argued with husband before his death

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A WOMAN accused of murdering her husband has told how she was left hurt and upset by a row before she stabbed him.

But Jennifer Parkinson said she was not acting out of anger when she attacked her partner Nigel with a knife and did not intend to kill him or cause him serious harm.

The 65-year-old is alleged to have stabbed her husband to death at their penthouse apartment in Rope Quays in Mumby Road, Gosport, after an argument over money worries about the properties they let out.

She said: ‘He said “Jennifer why did you ever get us into this?”

‘It broke a promise that we made to one another that we wouldn’t blame.

‘We agreed that we were both equally responsible. I just felt it pretty unfair and very hurtful.’

She added: ‘I didn’t feel angry or anything like that. I just had cried quite a bit to myself.’

Parkinson denied embellishing her account of how aggressive her retired headteacher husband had been towards her as their argument continued.

Asked by Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, whether she was trying to suggest her husband was being violent she said: ‘He was pretty het up and aggressive at that point.’

Asked why she did not tell the police at the time about some of the things she now says happened, such as her husband slamming her against a wall, she said: ‘Forgive me but after all this I was in a state of shock and I may have got some things wrong.’

Mr Lickley said: ‘I suggest you went for your husband with that knife at least twice intending to cause him, at the very least, really serious harm’

‘No, I disagree,’ she said.

Mr Lickley said: ‘In a moment in time Mrs Parkinson you made a decision to stab your husband and you intended to kill him or cause him serious harm out of anger?’

‘I didn’t make a decision to do that,’ she said ‘I would never want to seriously harm or lose my husband.

‘We loved each other.

‘There’s no way I wanted him seriously injured or dead. I shall miss him for the rest of my life.

‘I know I have done this, I know I have.’

Parkinson repeatedly broke down in tears as she gave evidence for the second day at Winchester Crown Court.

She admits stabbing her 63-year-old husband on March 22 last year but denies a charge of murder on the basis that she did not intend to cause her husband serious harm.