Samantha Jones: British woman on trial for murder in Malaysia could face hanging

Ms Jones was arrested two years ago after Mr Jones was found dead in their home ( AFP via Getty Images )

A British woman has gone on trial for the murder of her husband in Malaysia, where she will be sentenced to hang if found guilty.

Samantha Jones, 51, was charged after police found a bloody knife in the couple’s Malaysian resort home, where John William Jones, 62, was found dead with a stab wound in his chest on 18 October 2018.

On Monday, police brought her to the courthouse in Alor Setar, in the northern state of Kedah, handcuffed and wearing a mask.

Ms Jones, who is originally from Somerset, has confessed to stabbing her husband during an argument, police have said.

Her legal team has previously said she acted in self-defence following years of domestic abuse, according to the Mirror.

The couple relocated to Langkawi island 11 years ago under Malaysia My Second Home, a scheme which grants foreign nationals a renewable 10-year visa.

Malaysia has a mandatory death sentence by hanging for murder convictions.

Nearly half of those on death row in Malaysia are foreigners, an Amnesty International report found in October.

The country has previously backpedalled on plans to abolish the death penalty, but a moratorium on executions has been in place since 2018.

Source: Independent Online

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