A British man is to appeal his 10-year jail sentence in Dubai for killing his wife with a hammer.
Jane Matthew’s heartbroken family announced the shocking revelation in a statement, saying they were “very upset” and that women should be “deeply worried” by the case.
British newspaper editor Francis Matthew was found guilty in the Emirate of killing his 62-year-old wife on July 4 last year.
Matthew initially told police that robbers had broken into their villa and killed his wife of 30 years, but during a later interrogation he allegedly said there had been an argument over money.
He was reportedly convicted of assault leading to death, and not of murder, following representations by his lawyer.
Jane’s family said in a statement that they want the court of appeal to overturn the original verdict in a bid for a harsher sentence.
Matthew, who is the former editor of the English-language Gulf News, and who had lived in east London with his wife before emigrating to Dubai, was sentenced in March.
He had allegedly told police officers that his wife had grown angry with him because they were in debt and needed to move, and his temper rose when his wife called him a “loser” and told him “you should provide financially”.
He claimed his wife pushed him during the argument and he then got a hammer, followed her into the bedroom and struck her twice in the head, killing her, according to a police report.
The family statement read: “Jane’s family is very upset that Francis Matthew has appealed to further reduce his sentence after he killed Jane with a hammer.
“We want the court of appeal to overturn the original verdict.
“Women, in particular, should be deeply worried.
“This verdict says that, just by having a common domestic argument with her husband, Jane was responsible for provoking her own death.”