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Brit spared hanging for husband’s fatal stabbing

Dragged in river: Ricky Ganya PICTURE: EPA

AN EXPAT Briton has been spared execution for killing her abusive husband at their island home.

Samantha Jones, 51, stabbed violent John William Jones, 62, in the chest during a row on Langkawi, Malaysia, in October 2018.

She faced the death penalty for murder but prosecutors reduced the charge to culpable homicide on appeal.

After pleading guilty, Jones, originally from Somerset, was jailed for 42 months and fined £1,800.

She could be freed at the end of next year, having already been detained for 20 months. Her lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said: ‘She is very relieved, having come to terms with what happened that night. She didn’t intend for this to happen. 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.’