British woman Samantha Jones, 54, spared the death sentence for stabbing her husband to death in Malaysia

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Enterprise News and Pictures 3/8/20 Pic shows: Samantha Jones, 54, who faced the death penalty for murdering her husband, former Somerset firefighter John William Jones, 63, who was stabbed to death in Malaysia. She was arrested for murdering him after a drunken row, had faced the death penalty for murder, but instead she has been found guilty of 'culpable homicide without intent'. The former Somerset insurance clerk faced a mandatory death sentence for murder but 'culpable homicide without intent' carries a maximum penalty of ten years. She is due to be sentenced later today. Grandfather-of-five John Jones died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest at his villa on the paradise island of Langkawi in Malaysia in 2018. Samantha Jones has appeared at Alor Star High Court in Kedah, wearing a face mask and was escorted into court by a female police officer. She cried on the eve of her trial when she saw her family waiting for her arrival in court, and said: “I want everyone to know, I loved that man,' the Mirror online reports. Ex-pat Mr Jones is said to have been found on the floor of his home by a neighbour. According to a Mirror online report John and Samantha married in Yeovil, Somerset in 2001. They moved to Langkawi, close to the Malaysian border with Thailand, 11 years ago from Martock near Yeovil. The couple are reported to have rowed before John's death. Samantha is alleged to have grabbed a knife from their kitchen and stabbed him. Police said a 12 inch knife was found covered in blood stains in the married couple’s bedroom. The couple are said to have previously discussed moving abroad and on their second holiday to Langkawi decided to make the move. Mrs Jones' defence team had claim Jones' husband was violent and abusive and Mrs Jones had acted in self defence. Samantha Jones is pictured here on her husband's "open" Facebook page. See story...

British woman Samantha Jones, 54, who faced the death penalty for murdering her husband John Jones, 63, in Malaysia, has had the charge reduced to ‘culpable homicide without intent’ and has escaped the gallows.

A judge spared her the mandatory death sentence by hanging and instead ruled she must serve another three-and-a-half years in jail after already spending two years in custody awaiting trial. She was also fined £1800.

Samantha and John Jones

Former Somerset firefighter John William Jones was stabbed to death at their home on the island of Langkawi in 2018.

John with wife Samantha

His wife, a former Somerset insurance clerk, faced a mandatory death sentence for murdering him after a drunken row but the reduced ‘culpable homicide without intent’ charge carries a maximum penalty of ten years instead.

Samantha Jones

Grandfather-of-five John Jones died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest at his villa on the paradise island of Langkawi.

Former Somerset firefighter John William Jones

Samantha Jones appeared at Alor Star High Court in Kedah today, wearing a face mask and was escorted into court by a female police officer. She broke down in tears after a judge ruled she was not guilty of murder and said: “I want everyone to know, I loved that man.”

Samantha Jones

She claimed to have stabbed husband John to death after suffering years of violent physical abuse. The couple moved to Malaysia 13 years ago from Somerset after falling in love with the country during a holiday in 2002. She said her new life became “hell in paradise” as her husband drank heavily and was violent towards her.

The bloodstained knife used by Samantha Jones

John Jones had been out drinking with ex-pat friends on the day she killed him. He returned to their villa and a row started.

 The bloody bedroom scene showing the knife used by Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones claimed her husband kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the face so she grabbed a knife to defend herself. She says he then beckoned and goaded her to stab him with the knife and she ran to the bathroom holding the knife and he attacked her again. Mrs Jones claims she retaliated and stabbed him in the chest area. The stab wound pierced his liver.

Afterwards she ran to a neighbour to get help but John Jones was dead by the time the ambulance arrived. Police found a 12 inch knife covered in blood stains in the married couple’s bedroom. Mrs Jones was then charged with murder and faced death by hanging if convicted, until the judge’s ruling today.

Grandad John Jones

Ex-pat John Jones and Samantha married in Yeovil, Somerset in 2001. They moved to Langkawi, close to the Malaysian border with Thailand, 13 years ago, from Martock near Yeovil.

John Jones

Samantha Jones

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