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Jury retires in Gosport husband stabbing case

Scene of man's death
Image caption Officers were called to the property in Rope Quay, Gosport

The jury in the trial of a wife accused of murdering her husband after rowing over their troubled buy-to-let empire has retired to consider its verdict.

Jennifer Parkinson, 65, said she never intended to seriously hurt her husband Michael, 63, when she stabbed him at their flat in Gosport, Hants, in 2010.

They rowed after Mr Parkinson blamed her for getting them into financial problems, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Mrs Parkinson admits stabbing her husband but denies murder.

The court heard how the retired headteacher had blamed his wife for getting into buying around 20 properties in Rutland that lost them money.

The couple had been losing £4,000 a month through the properties due to rising interest rates and flooding.

Drunken row

However in recent months, the financial situation had improved and the couple had a £2,000-a-month profit.

Mrs Parkinson said she and her husband had been drinking when the row on 22 March last year got violent, with her biting him on the arm and him putting her in a head lock.

She ran into the lounge followed by Mr Parkinson and she told the jury she brandished a knife at him.

He suffered three stab wounds, the court heard.

The most severe wound entered his body below his left arm, fractured a rib, punctured his lung and damaged his aorta, causing "catastrophic" blood loss from which he died in hospital.

Giving evidence to the jury, Mrs Parkinson said she never meant to hurt her husband and had brandished the knife at him to try and "stop him in his tracks".

"We loved each other. I was proud of being his wife of 20 years. There was no way I wanted him seriously injured or dead. I will miss him for the rest of my life," she said.

Mrs Parkinson denies she intended to murder her husband but admits stabbing him. She said she did not act out of self-defence.

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