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Dubai court increases jail sentence for British editor

Francis Matthew will now serve 15 years following Dubai Court of Appeal decision

Dubai court increases jail sentence for British editor
Francis Matthew, former editor of Gulf News.

Dubai Court of Appeal has increased the jail sentence handed to a former newspaper editor convicted of killing his wife with a hammer.

Francis Matthew, former editor of Gulf News, was found guilty in March this year of assault leading to death, after he struck his wife Jane Matthew with a hammer in their villa in Dubai in July 2017.

Matthew had originally told police that their home was broken into by robbers, who killed his wife. At a later interrogation, he confessed that the couple had a heated argument over finances.

He also claimed his wife pushed him and called him a “loser”, after which he followed her into the bedroom and struck her twice on her head with a hammer, according to a police report.

Matthew lodged an appeal over the length of the sentence. The victim’s family said in a statement to media they were "very upset" that her husband was filing an appeal, and asked the court of appeal to overturn the original verdict for a harsher sentence.

Dubai Court of Appeal increased the sentence to 15 years.