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British woman facing possible hanging in husband murder trial

Samantha Jones was charged after her husband’s body was found in October, 2018.

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British woman Samantha Jones is escorted into Alor Setar’s courthouse in Malaysia to face a murder charge over the death of her husband (Eric Tan/AP)

British woman Samantha Jones is escorted into Alor Setar’s courthouse in Malaysia to face a murder charge over the death of her husband (Eric Tan/AP)

British woman Samantha Jones is escorted into Alor Setar’s courthouse in Malaysia to face a murder charge over the death of her husband (Eric Tan/AP)

A British woman accused of stabbing her husband to death at their Malaysian resort home entered court on Monday for the start of a murder trial that could end with her sentenced to be hanged.

Wearing a mask and handcuffed, Samantha Jones, 51, was escorted by police into the courthouse in Alor Setar in the northern state of Kedah.

She was charged after police found a blood-stained kitchen knife in the couple’s home where John William Jones was found dead on October 18, 2018.

Police have said Jones confessed she stabbed her husband in the chest during a heated argument.

The couple moved to tropical Langkawi island 11 years ago under the Malaysia My Second Home programme, which gives foreigners long-staying visas.

A conviction for murder carries a mandatory death sentence by hanging.

PA