Senior UAE editor sentenced to 10 years for wife’s murder


Senior UAE editor sentenced to 10 years for wife’s murder

Former editor-at-large of Gulf News Francis Matthew has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a UAE court found him guilty of killing his wife.

The editor was not present in court on Sunday when the verdict was handed out. 

He will be deported after serving his sentence

Jane Matthew was found dead in the couple's Jumeirah home on July 4.

Matthew confessed to hitting his wife with a heavy object, saying he didn’t expect her to die.

The family of Jane Matthew say they are saddened by the sentence handed to her husband, Francis Matthew for her murder.

In a statement, her brother Peter Manning said they “believe the facts clearly demonstrate that this crime was a deliberate act".

Jane’s brother continued “In the defendant’s own version of events, he collected the murder weapon, a hammer, in the kitchen and carried it down two corridors of the house to the bedroom. There was time for him to consider his actions; instead he delivered two hammer blows to the front of Jane’s head. He made no attempt to call an ambulance afterwards”.