A retired insurance clerk could face the death penalty in Malaysia after she was arrested in connection to the fatal stabbing of her husband.
Somerset, England native Samantha Jones, 62, was charged for allegedly stabbing her husband John, also 62, in their home on the holiday island of Langkawi, the Independent reported. Police said that the attack happened in the early morning of October 18, resulting from an altercation between the couple.
“She confessed that she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument but this is still under investigation,” police chief Mohamad Iqbal said.
Officers responded to calls from the Jones’s neighbours and proceeded to their bungalow at 2:30am. They found the victim, a former firefighter, dead in the bedroom and proceeded to arrest the suspect. She remains in custody and is set to face the Alor Setar High Court today.
The Joneses have lived in Langkawi for 11 years as part of the government’s “My Second Home” program.
The crime of murder carries a death sentence by hanging in Malaysia, but the government is currently considering the abolition of the death penalty.