A woman returned to Somerset after killing her husband with a knife and escaping the death penalty in Malaysia.
Former insurance clerk Samantha Jones of Martock was at risk of being hanged if convicted of murdering her 17-year-old husband John, but after a court heard she had suffered years of violence, a judge ruled that she was guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
The mirror pays off the 51-year-old lives in a three-bed house near Yeovil, after being held in a tiny cell in the rat-infested Pokok Sena prison 6,500 miles away.
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Jones spent less than three years behind bars. The Mirror understands that her family paid for her return flight, which was arranged with the help of Foreign Ministry officials.
A source said: “Samantha has had a terrifying time, but now she is home with all of her family. She faced all the usual quarantine rules but she is home now. “
A Malaysian court heard Jones stabbing her husband, 63, in October 2018 after he returned drunk to their villa on Langkawi island. John, who had been drinking with other expatriates, suffered a stab wound in the chest, which stabbed his liver.
She was jailed for three and a half years, fined the equivalent of £ 1,800 and could be released after 28 months.
The couple had met at a firefighting party in Somerset. Married, father of two, John left his wife and children for Jones. They emigrated for a fresh start, but the relationship “escalated into drunken violence,” reports the Mirror.
Friends have made statements in court saying Jones suffered multiple beatings. Her lawyer, Sangeet Kaur Deo, said Jones fractured her jaw in an incident and feared she would one day be killed.
The lawyer said, “He came home completely drunk and she feared for his safety. There was a struggle and he was violent.
“She wants everyone to know that she really loved this man. He had a lot of problems and she stood by his side to solve them.
“She never imagined something like this could happen. She lost her husband and her home. She is still in mourning, it was a traumatic experience.”
Jones did not comment when he was approached by the Mirror at his home near Yeovil.
The Foreign Office said: “Our staff supported a British woman and were in contact with her family during her detention. We worked with local authorities to facilitate his return to the UK once the deportation was approved. “