By Staff writer
Dubai Court of Appeal gives final ruling against Francis Matthew, more than halving previous sentence of 15 years
The former editor at large of Dubai newspaper Gulf News will spend seven years in prison before being deported for killing his wife, it was reported on Wednesday.
The National reported that Dubai Court of Appeal gave its final ruling against Francis Matthew, 63, more than halving the court's previous sentence of 15 years.
Matthew beat his wife, Jane, to death with a hammer in their Umm Suqeim home in July 2017.
In March last year, Matthew was sentenced to 10 years in prison, after Dubai Criminal Court changed the charge against him from premeditated murder to a fatal physical assault.
In October, Matthew's sentence was increased to 15 years, by Dubai Court of Appeal, after he was convicted of premeditated murder but on Wednesday a new panel of appeal judges heard the case for a final time.