Sheffield man jailed for poet murder

Timothy Jackson
Timothy Jackson

A renowned poet fascinated by the natural world and science was murdered by her Sheffield stepson at her idyllic Wales farm after he developed an ‘irrational hatred’ of her, a court heard.

A renowned poet fascinated by the natural world and science was murdered by her Sheffield stepson at her idyllic Wales farm after he developed an ‘irrational hatred’ of her, a court heard.

Anne Cluysenaar, aged 78, was stabbed in the neck, back and shoulder by her stepson Timothy Jackson the day after she celebrated her 39th wedding anniversary, Cardiff crown court heard.

Carpenter Jackson, aged 49, was jailed for life today after he admitted murder.

He was told he would serve at least 19 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

The court heard Jackson did not do well at school and felt he was ‘a disappointment and a failure’ because his stepmother was highly educated and well known in academic circles.

Judge Neil Bidder told Jackson: “Your father and stepmother supported you both materially and emotionally. But you appear to have developed an irrational hatred of her and the murder was particularly brutal.”

Cluysenaar, whose work was published in more than a dozen volumes and also taught at universities across the UK, lived with her husband Walter at their smallholding near Usk in south-east Wales.

The court heard in the days before the murder last November Jackson frequently yelled at his stepmother.

Just hours before she was killed, Cluysenaar emailed a friend saying her stepson had made ‘an appalling verbal attack and was threatening to become physical’.

He picked up a kitchen knife that was lying on a sideboard during an argument and launched the fatal attack.

Afterwards Jackson rang 999 and told police: “I’ve just murdered someone - my stepmother.”

“She tormented and taunted me – I just did it and stabbed her.”