ALOR SETAR: The High Court here today sentenced a British woman to three-and-a-half years’ jail after she tearfully admitted stabbing her husband to death during a fight in Langkawi.
Samantha Jones killed John William Jones in 2018 in their house on the island during a row in the early hours of the morning, which her lawyer said came after years of domestic abuse.
The 52-year-old admitted committing culpable homicide and was handed the jail term and ordered to pay a RM1,000 fine.
She had initially been charged with murder, which carries a mandatory death sentence, but prosecutors agreed to the lesser charge.
During a hearing, Jones pleaded guilty and then wept as a prosecutor showed the court the murder weapon and photographs of the crime scene.
In mitigation, her lawyer, Sangeet Kaur Deo, said Jones had long suffered from physical and emotional abuse meted out by her husband, who was an alcoholic and had a fierce temper.
The fight began on Oct 18, 2018, after Jones’ husband kicked her when she was lying in bed in the early hours of the morning, she added.
Jones fled to the kitchen but he followed and a fight began, during which she stabbed him with a knife.
She inflicted a 15cm wound in the liver of her 63-year-old husband, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time, said the prosecutors.
An ambulance arrived after 45 minutes but it was too late.
“I was scared and he was so angry,” Jones, who was wearing a mask, tearfully told the court.
“I miss him terribly. What I did that night was unintended.
“I tried to stop him. I did not know it would happen like this.”
Jones, who could have faced a maximum imprisonment of 10 years, looked calm as the sentence was handed down.
The couple had been married since 2001, and did not have any children.
They had lived in Langkawi since 2005.