British Woman Charged With Murder of Her Husband in Malaysia

Sangeet Kaur Deo, lawyer for British woman Samantha Jones, speaks to the media after a court hearing at Langkawi Magistrate court Tuesday in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo Yam G-Jun / Associated Press
Sangeet Kaur Deo, lawyer for British woman Samantha Jones, speaks to the media after a court hearing at Langkawi Magistrate court Tuesday in Langkawi, Malaysia. Photo Yam G-Jun / Associated Press

LANGKAWI, Malaysia — A British woman was charged Tuesday with murdering her husband, who was found stabbed to death at their home on the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi.

Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo said Samantha Jones, 51, was asked by a court official if she understood the charge and that her client said yes.

Police found a blood-stained kitchen knife in the couple’s home, where John William Jones, 62, was found dead on Oct. 18 with a stab wound on his chest.

“She is very, very overwhelmed. It is her husband at the end of the day. She is also grieving for him despite the circumstances of the case but she is holding up,” Kaur said.

Police earlier said Jones confessed she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument. The couple moved to the tropical island 11 years ago under Malaysia My Second Home program, which gives foreigners long-staying visas.

Kaur said Jones didn’t enter a plea as the magistrate court has no jurisdiction to hear a murder case and that the case is expected to be transferred to the high court.

The next court hearing is on Nov. 29 where prosecutors are expected to provide the defense with the post-mortem, forensic and other related reports, she added.

Murder carries a mandatory death sentence by hanging in Malaysia but the government plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes. All executions are being put on hold pending changes to the laws.