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 stabbed abusive husband John to death and was imprisoned after the incident at their home on the island of Langkawi in 2018.

She was spared the mandatory death penalty by hanging in the Asian country after a judge ruled she was not guilty of murder.

The 51-year-old was ordered to spend three years behind bars in February and freed from her rat-infested cell in Pokok Sena in the summer.

The MailOnline reports her family paid for her flight back to the UK with assistance from the Foreign Office.

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 former insurance clerk and retired fisherman husband moved to Malaysia 17 years ago from Somerset.

They fell in love with the country while on holiday in 2002, but paradise soon became 'hell' as John began drinking heavily and physically abused her.

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

John, a retired fire service chief, suffered a deep knife wound to his chest which pierced his liver.

Jones originally faced the death penalty and wept when she was found not guilty of murder.

Instead, she was handed a 42-month jail sentence for 'culpable homicide'.

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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 previously claimed he banned her from talking to other men and even attacked her with a sword in one incident.

On the night of the killing, Jones claims he punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach before she reached for a knife in self defence.

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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 of 'culpable homicide', better known as manslaughter, an unlawful killing which does not involve intent to 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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