Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on 2nd May 2021, I have remembered 75 women, the last being Ravinder Jutla, murdered by her partner Alex Springer.
Today I remember Jackie Abbott, who was murdered by her husband Paul Abbott in December 2015.
Paul Abbot ran a business selling fishing, darts and snooker equipment along with Jackie and their two sons in Brierley Hill, situated close to Dudley in the west midlands. However, Paul Abbott had a drink and gambling issue and was determined to control Jackie, and during 2015, his habits got continuously worst, culminating in him losing £11,500 in the casino and refusing to pay Jackie her wages.
Jackie decided to leave Abbott, telling a close friend, “I dont need him,” but Paul Abbott was equally determined that Jackie stayed, saying, “If I can’t have her, no one will”.
Arguments increased until, on December 11th, Abbott attacked Jackie because she was going to a concert with friends. Abbott was not invited, so he chased her around the house, wielding a hammer.
Chasing her from room to room with Jackie pouring blood from numerous head wounds, her sons found her body after returning from work out in the rear garden. Abbott then attacked one of his sons, Martyn, but was then knocked to the ground.
Abbott was arrested and charged with murder with him saying:
“She was a perfect girl. I flipped and lost the plot. I wouldn’t do that to a dog. It was despicable. I lost control like a wild dog. I have got to live with this. A bloke can do a lot of damage to a woman. A bloke can overpower a woman. So why did I need a hammer? I don’t know. I don’t know why I did it.”
Abbott pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life with a 15-year minimum sentence after admitting his crime.