Briton threatened with execution for fatally stabbing husband escapes death penalty – world news


A Briton who killed her husband in a villa on a paradise island in Malaysia has escaped the death penalty.Samantha Jones, 54, collapsed when she learned her murder charge had been reduced.

Instead, she was convicted of “culpable homicide without intent” for the fatal stabbing of her husband John Jones, 63, after a drunken argument.

The former Somerset insurance clerk will no longer face the death penalty, which is mandatory for murders in Malaysia.

The new offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment with a fine. Samantha is expected to be sentenced later today.

She appeared in Alor Star High Court in Kedah, wearing a face mask and was escorted to court by a policewoman.

Samantha Jones, 54, wears a face mask as she is taken to court in Malaysia

The Briton cried when she saw her family waiting in court, which would likely include two sisters.

On the eve of his trial, Jones had said of the victim: “I want everyone to know, I loved this man”.

Samantha killed her 17-year-old husband after a drunken argument.

His victim, the grandfather of five, died of a single chest injury at his villa on the paradise island of Langkawi in Malaysia in 2018.

John Jones, 63, died after being stabbed in the chest in 2018

Samantha, from Somerset, will no longer face the death penalty

The father of two, who had children from his previous marriage, was stabbed with a kitchen knife which stabbed his liver.

This happened after he returned home after a day of drinking with other ex-Pats.

Samantha ran to their British neighbor for help, but by the time the ambulance arrived John was already dead.

Since the incident, his wife has been locked in a crowded mainland prison awaiting her trial which is due to begin today.

At the first hearings, she appeared in court shackled, barefoot and matted hair.

Jones, from Somerset, claims he suffered years of domestic violence at his hands and his lawyers have fought to have the charge reduced.

Her lawyer, human rights specialist Sangeet Kaur Deo, told the Mirror on Sunday: “The only thing she wants everyone to know is that she really loves this man.

“He had a lot of problems himself and she was by his side and working on it.

A bloodstained bedroom in a villa on the paradise island of Langkawi

A kitchen knife recovered by the police at the scene

“She never imagined something like this could happen, she tries to come to terms with it.

It is believed that John may have started counseling in trying to resolve their marriage issues.

“It was so upsetting for her. She lost her husband and her house, ”added the lawyer.

“She is still in mourning and it has been a very traumatic experience for her and a lot of damage has been done.”

She said they were of the opinion that the case did not deserve a murder charge and had asked the prosecution to reduce it.

Regarding Samantha’s health, she said they were afraid she would catch the virus in prison. She is believed to have acute asthma.

“But they (the prison) were good enough and she was isolated because before the pandemic she was in the hospital for a few days with a lung infection,” she explained.

The victim’s family could not attend the hearing but a family friend, who did not wish to be named, said: “The family has maintained a dignified silence throughout this ordeal in order to do not compromise a fair trial. They feel the evidence speaks for itself. “

Samantha stabbed her husband John after a drunken argument

Ms Jones was convicted of “culpable homicide without intent”

Residents of the island have claimed that Samantha has been the victim of domestic violence and have made statements in her defense.

The couple met at a firefighters party and John left his wife, childhood sweetheart and children for her.

The couple moved to the paradise island of Langkawi for a “new life,” but instead fell into violence and drunken fighting.

Samantha’s lawyer claims her client feared John would someday kill her and suffered a broken jaw and multiple hand injuries during drunken rages.

She claimed in one incident that he was sober when he randomly punched Samantha in the face.

But the lawyer said Samantha was unable to turn to the police on the island, where domestic violence is still considered a “taboo” subject.

Instead, she said, her client suffered regular beatings until October 18, 2018, when her husband was killed.

Sangeet Kaur Deo previously spoke to the Mirror about the night John died.

She said: “He came home completely drunk and she feared for his safety. There was a struggle and he was violent.

“He hit her everywhere. We don’t know what happened next.

She claimed to have received witness statements that say Samantha “was living in hell in heaven”.


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