British woman avoids gallows, jailed for husband’s death

ALOR SETAR, Malaysia (AP) — A British woman accused of stabbing her husband to death at their Malaysian resort home avoided the gallows and was sentenced to 42 months in jail yesterday after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said prosecutors reduced the murder charge against Samantha Jones, 51, to culpable homicide, which is murder without intent, after the defence appealed to the attorney-general’s office.

A conviction for murder carries a mandatory death sentence by hanging.

“She is very relieved having come to terms with what happened that night and for the court … to understand what happened that night. She didn’t intend for this to happen,” the lawyer told reporters at the end of the hearing. In addition to the 42-month jail sentence, Kaur said Jones was also fined MYR10,000.

Wearing handcuffs and a surgical mask, Jones was earlier escorted by police into the courthouse in Alor Setar in northern Kedah state for the start of the trial. She was charged nearly two years ago after police found a blood-stained kitchen knife in the couple’s home where John William Jones was found dead on October 18, 2018.

Police have said Jones confessed she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument. The couple moved to tropical Langkawi island 11 years ago under the Malaysia My Second Home programme, which gives foreigners long-stay visas.

British woman Samantha Jones is escorted by police as she arrives at Alor Setar’s courthouse, Kedah state, Malaysia. PHOTO: AP