Sheffield man pleads guilty to murder of stepmother

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A man from Sheffield has pleaded guilty to murdering his stepmother at her farmhouse in Wales.

Anne Jackson, a highly-regarded poet, was found stabbed in the chest and neck on November 1 at her home in Usk, Monmouthshire.

Timothy Jackson, 49, from Mount Street, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to murder at Cardiff Crown Court today.

The court heard he killed her with a kitchen knife in a family row the day after her 39th wedding anniversary.

Jackson has been remanded in custody and told to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

He will be sentenced next month.

In the wake of her death, Belgium-born Irish citizen Mrs Jackson, who was 79 years old and wrote under the name Anne Cluysenaar, was described by literature groups as popular and well-regarded.

As well as her poetry, she also taught literature, linguistics and creative writing courses at a number of universities.

Detective Chief Inspector Roger Fortey, senior investigating officer, said: “Anne Jackson was brutally attacked at her home and received severe injuries which tragically proved fatal. Her stepson Timothy Jackson was arrested on suspicion of her murder citing an argument as the cause of his violent actions.

“Our thoughts remain with Mrs Jackson’s family and friends at this no doubt very difficult time. Although today’s admission of guilt will not ease their pain or sense of loss, I hope it will provide a little comfort to them as they move on with their lives.”