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Brit mum who avoided death penalty overseas for killing husband returns to UK

Samantha Jones, who faced the death penalty for killing her husband, has returned back to the UK – and has been reportedly spotted wearing a wedding ring.

Jones was convicted of murdering her husband John and was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018.

After being found not guilty of murder, she was spared from the mandatory death penalty. She was hanged in Asia.

The 51-year-old woman was placed in jail for three years in February. She was then released from the rat-infested Pokok Sena cell she had been living in during the summer.

According to The MailOnline, her family paid for her return flight to the UK using assistance from the Foreign Office.



Samantha Jones was found not guilty of murder after stabbing her husband to death
Samantha Jones was found not guilty of murder after stabbing her husband to death

Photos released by the Mirror show Jones with a ‘ring on her wedding finger’ and driving a Range Rover with a personalist number plate at her three-bedroom home near Yeovil.

The husband and wife of a retired fisherman, Jones was formerly an insurance clerk. They moved to Malaysia from Somerset 17 years ago.

The couple fell in love while on holiday to Malaysia in 2002. However, paradise quickly turned into ‘hell’ when John began drinking heavily. He also physically abused her.



The 51-year-old was spotted near her home in Yeovil after returning back to the UK
The 51-year-old was spotted near her home in Yeovil after returning back to the UK

She stabbed the dad-of-two and grandad-of-four in October 2018 after he returned home drunk to their villa.

John, a retired chief fire fighter, sustained a severe knife wound to the chest that punctured him liver.

Jones was originally facing the death penalty. She wept when she wasn’t found guilty of murder.

Instead, she received a 42-month sentence for “culpable murder”.



John, dad-of-two, was killed in the couple's villa on the island of Langkawi
John, dad-of-two, was killed in the couple’s villa on the island of Langkawi

Her lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said she suffered a broken jaw during one beating by John, and feared he would kill her one day.

Friends had previously claimed that John made it impossible for her to talk to other men and even threatened her with a sword.

Jones claims that Jones punched her in face and kicked her in stomach on the night of her murder.



Samantha Jones was released from the prison in the summer
Samantha Jones was released from the prison in the summer

She says John goaded her to stab him and after the knife pierced his chest she ran to a neighbour to call for help, but by the time paramedics arrived, he had bled to death.

She was found guilty for ‘culpable Homicide’. Also known as manslaughter, this is an unlawful killing that does no harm or kill.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: “Our staff supported a British woman and were in touch with her family during her detention. We worked with local authorities to facilitate her return to the UK once deportation had been approved.”

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge’s 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247

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Brit mum who avoided death penalty overseas for killing husband returns to UK
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