A British wife facing the death penalty for murdering her husband in their retirement villa in Malaysia will be charged with murder at Langkawi magistrates’ court tomorrow.
Samantha Jones, 62, had been remanded for almost two weeks starting on October 18 to assist police with their ongoing investigation.
Jones told police she stabbed her husband John, also 62, in the heart with a kitchen knife in self-defence after suffering years of violent beatings at his hands.
Langkawi OCPD Superintendent Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim told The Star: ‘She will be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder at the Langkawi magistrate’s court on Tuesday at 8.30am.’
Samantha Jones (left), a British wife facing the death penalty for murdering her husband John (right) in their idyllic retirement villa in Malaysia has told police she stabbed him in the heart with a kitchen knife in self-defence after suffering years of violent beatings at his hands
Jones said her former fireman husband punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach after a night of drinking on the tropical island of Langkawi and even goaded her to stab him when she grabbed a kitchen knife to hold him at bay.
In interviews with Malaysian detectives, she says she fled to the bedroom and only thrust the knife into the chest of the burly retired fire-fighter when he chased after her and lunged at her in a renewed attack.
After the stabbing, Samantha ran out of the villa and alerted an expatriate woman neighbour. When they tried to go to John’s help as he lay stricken, he pointed at Samantha and said in his dying words: ‘Stay away. You stabbed me, you stabbed me.’
Mrs Jones, 62, says husband John (pictured) punched her in the face and kicked her in the stomach after a night of drinking on the tropical island of Langkawi and even goaded her to stab him when she grabbed a kitchen knife to hold him at bay
Recalling the moments leading up to her husband’s death, Mrs Jones said she stabbed him through the heart at their home for 11 years in Malaysia (pictured) during a row about how late he had been out. She said he was goading her to stab him when she picked up the knife
The single knife thrust pierced John’s heart and he was dead by the time an ambulance crew arrived at the £200,000 villa where the couple had lived for 11 years in the early hours of October 18th.
Samantha, a former insurance clerk from Somerset, is expected to be transferred from police cells in Langkawi to a prison on the Malaysian mainland as she awaits trial.
She faces a mandatory sentence of death by hanging under Malaysian law if convicted of murder but the sentence could be reduced to a jail term if the court accepts her claims that she killed her husband in self-defence.
However, the island’s police chief Superintendent Mohamed Iqbal told MailOnline a medical investigation of Samantha after the killing found no evidence of any injuries to support her claim John kicked and punched her. ‘There were no injuries (to Samantha) at all,’ he said.
Dramatic details of the killing and Samantha’s claims of abuse by her husband emerged in interviews with neighbours, friends, and police officers investigating case which has shocked the relatively crime-free island where there has been only one other murder this year.
The single knife thrust pierced Harley Davison fan John’s heart and he was dead by the time an ambulance crew arrived at the couple’s £200,000 villa
Petite Samantha, a former insurance clerk from Somerset (pictured being arrested) is expected to be charged with murder early next week and transferred from police cells in Langkawi to a prison on the Malaysian mainland as she awaits trial
Samantha (pictured in a police van) faces a mandatory sentence of death by hanging under Malaysian law if convicted of murder but the sentence could be reduced to a jail term if the court accepts her claims that she killed her husband, also 62, in self-defence
Samantha is being held in police cells on the island of Langkawi and is expected to be charged with murder next week
The couple lived in a single-storey home with views over paddy fields in a tiny village two miles from the sea built 11 years ago under Malaysia’s My Second Home programme which has seen hundreds of Britons gain residency on the island.
Harley Davidson-riding John, who has two grown-up children from a previous marriage and four grandchildren, was a popular and gregarious figure on the island and a regular at bars and restaurants along the lively Centai Beach tourist strip.
But despite their seemingly sunny lifestyle, Samantha has told police John was a heavy-drinking wife beater who she twice reported to police in the UK for assault before the couple emigrated to Langkawi.
Friends say the couple temporarily split while in Malaysia because of his violent outbursts. John, from Stourport, Worcestershire, underwent treatment to control his temper and his drinking before they reconciled
Friends say the couple separated temporarily while in Malaysia because of his violent outbursts. John, originally from Stourport in Worcestershire, underwent treatment to control his temper and his drinking before they reconciled.
John, who was chief fire officer in Yeovil, Somerset, immediately before his retirement, had returned from a visit to his family in England shortly before his death.
On the day of the murder, the couple went for sunset drinks together on Centai Beach, a popular area for expatriates to meet and drink out of sight of their teetotal local neighbours on the predominantly Muslim island.
A close friend of the couple, who asked not to be named, said: ‘Sam went home after a while because she wasn’t feeling well and John told her he would be home by 9pm.
‘He ended up in another bar drinking with a friend. She kept trying to contact him through a friend to tell him to come home – he doesn’t carry a mobile phone. John didn’t go home until after midnight. I just wish I ‘d been there to tell him it was time to go home.’
A fierce row broke out when John returned home which Samantha claims escalated when John kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the face.
A police source said: ‘She went into the kitchen and took out a kitchen knife to hold him at bay but he reacted by goading her and pointing to his chest and saying ‘Go on then, stab me’.’
Detailing what happened that night, Samantha told police a fierce row broke out when John got home which escalated when John kicked her in the stomach and punched her in the face
Samantha tells police she then went into the bedroom holding the knife and stabbed her husband once in the chest when he came after her and lunched towards her as she backed up against a wardrobe.
She then ran to her neighbours for help and returned with the wife, a middle-aged British expatriate, who witnessed John’s dying words as he lay on the villa floor. Looking ashen-faced and upset, the neighbour declined to comment when approached by Mail Online.
Samantha’s sister has flown from the UK to visit her in the Langkawi police cells where she is being held, say police. A British embassy official from Kuala Lumpur has also visited.
Supt Iqbal said the police investigation was now complete and Samantha was expected to appear in court on the island early next week to be charged with murder.
‘Samantha has given us good cooperation with our investigation,’ he said. ‘She said they had a quarrel and then there was a fight and she accidentally stabbed her husband. She has confessed.’
Another expatriate friend of the couple, who also asked not to be named, said: ‘John and Sam had had had problems in the past and separated for a while and that John went into rehab to get himself sorted out.
‘But we thought they’d put all of that behind them. They were absolutely devoted to each other and John even had her name tattooed on the inside of his arm.
‘Everyone is just trying to get their heads around what has happened. They were the nicest people you could meet. But who knows what goes on behind closed doors?’
One of the couple’s near neighbours, taxi driver Mohammed Kamal, 26, said: ‘John was a very good guy and always had time for people. Everyone around here liked him. We are all very shocked at what has happened.
‘We saw the ambulance arriving at 2.30 am in the morning and we heard John was ill. After five or 10 minutes it left already because John was already dead. Then police arrived at the scene.’
Another neighbour, 70-year-old Talib, said John and Samantha had been the first westerners to build a home in their village. Since then, two more British families had built homes on adjoining plots.
Mohammed Kamal, 26, (pictured), a neighbour of the couple, said that John was ‘a very good guy’. He added: ‘Everyone around here liked him. We are all very shocked at what has happened’
‘When he first came here he shared our power supply and he was around here all the time,’ said Talib. ‘He was a good man and always very friendly.’
In a tribute to John in his hometown newspaper, relatives said: ‘John was a loving family man who thought the world of them. He moved to Malaysia after retiring but often returned to see his family.
‘He even came back earlier this year to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell, with his daughter. He spent his whole working life with the fire service and he will be greatly missed.’
Although murder currently carries the death penalty in Malaysia, the government has announced it is preparing to change the law to abolish capital punishment. More than 1,200 people are currently on death row in the country.