Woman stabs husband to death, sentenced to 42 months in Jail
A British woman who stabbed her husband to death in their home in Malaysia has been sentenced to 42 months in jail on Monday 3, July 2020 escaping a death penalty after pleading guilty.
The 51-year-old woman who was identified as Samantha Jones was charged two years ago after her husband, John William Jones was found dead by the police on October 18, 2018, with a blood-stained kitchen knife in the couple’s home.
The police said that Samantha confessed that she stabbed her husband in the chest while in an argument.
Samantha Jones escorted into the court for Judgement
According to lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo, prosecutors reduced the murder charge against Samantha to unintentional murder after the defence appealed to the attorney-general’s office.
“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.
In addition to the 42 months jail sentence, Samantha was fined £1,800 a relief for a conviction that carries a mandatory death by hanging sentence.
The lawyer said that her husband has been suffering from physical violence which she tried to help him through. But, it never worked out for the couple who has been living together for over 17 years.
“Unfortunately, Samantha found herself at the receiving end of abuse. She supported John through various therapies to address certain problems that he had, none of which worked obviously, until that unfortunate night when things took a turn for the worst,” he said.
“She has accepted the fact that she needs to serve the sentence. She acknowledged the fact that a life is lost and I think she is looking forward to her own recovery because this was indeed a traumatising event for her.”
Jones could be released at the end of next year as she has already spent 20 months behind the bar, but one-third of the sentence will be attributed to good behaviour.
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