British journalist gets 10 years in UAE prison for murdering wife

Dubai (dpa) - A British journalist on Sunday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for murdering his wife in the United Arab Emirates.

Francis Matthew, a senior editor of the English-language Gulf News, was convicted of bludgeoning Jane Matthew to death in a family row last year.
In July, Matthew called police claiming that his house was robbed and that his wife was assaulted.
Police moved to the house and found his wife's body in a pool of blood. Following investigations, Matthew was charged with killing her.
However, he pleaded not guilty and denied having had a premeditated intent to kill his spouse.
The defence lawyer argued in court that his client was gripped by a sudden fit of “intense outrage” that was triggered by relentless provocation from his wife when he killed her, the Gulf News reported.
"He lost control over himself, his actions and couldn’t realize the consequences of what he did,” he said.
The verdict, delivered by the Dubai Court of First Instance, can be appealed.

Sunday, March 25th 2018

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