Expat Samantha Jones, who killed her husband with a knife, has returned to Britain after escaping the death penalty in Malaysia.
Our pictures show her back home, a ring on her wedding finger and using a £20,000 Range Rover with a personalised plate.
She has eased into life in a picturesque village – a far cry from her tiny cell at rat-infested Pokok Sena jail 6,500 miles away.
Former insurance clerk Jones, 51, faced being hanged if convicted of murdering husband of 17 years John.
But after a court heard she suffered years of abuse, a judge ruled she was guilty of the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
She spent less than three years behind bars. It is understood her family paid for her flight back – arranged with the help of Foreign Office officials. A source said: “Samantha’s had a terrifying time but now she’s home with all her family.”
A Malay court heard Jones stabbed her husband, 63, in October 2018 after he returned drunk to their villa on Langkawi island. John, who had been boozing with fellow ex-pats, suffered a fatal stab wound to his chest, which pierced his liver.
Jones said on the eve of her trial: “I want everyone to know I loved that man.”
She was jailed for three-and-a-half years, fined the equivalent of £1,800 and was eligible for release after 28 months.
A source said: “She faced all the usual quarantine rules but she’s home now.”
The couple had met at a fire service bash in Somerset. Married dad-of-two John left his wife and children for Jones. They emigrated for a new start but the relationship descended into drunken violence. Friends gave court statements saying Jones had suffered numerous beatings.
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Her solicitor, Sangeet Kaur Deo, said Jones suffered a broken jaw in one drunken rage and feared she would be killed herself one day.
The lawyer has said: “He came home completely drunk and she feared for her safety. There was a struggle and he was being violent.
“She wants everyone to know she really loved this man. He had a lot of problems and she was standing by him, working it through.
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"She never imagined anything like this could ever happen. She’s lost her husband and home. She is still grieving, it has been a traumatic experience.”
Jones did not comment at her three-bed home near Yeovil.
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."Read More Read More