In what may be one of the most gruesome murders in recent memory in Dubai, a British newspaper editor, has finally met his fate in the murder of his wife. In July 2017, Francis Matthew (the then editor of English language Gulf News) bludgeoned his wife Jane to death after she called him a loser — essentially — a loser who couldn’t provide.
On Saturday, Matthew was officially sentenced to 10 years in a Dubai prison for striking his wife twice in the back of a head with a hammer that year. Prosecutors say that they had gathered enough evidence to prove, ehum, that the murder was indeed premeditated. Despite what would later be multiple claims by Matthew’s attorneys otherwise.
Docs show that Jane had been upset that month due to the couple having been in severe debt, and, demanding that they move out of their posh 3-bedroom villa in Dubai. Matthew wasn’t having it, but, it wasn’t until she called him an apparent loser “who couldn’t financially provide” that sent him over the edge. Prosecutors say at this point, he, chased her into their bedroom and struck her twice with a hammer — before throwing the hammer in a nearby garbage can.
Interestingly, Matthew “attempted to frame it as a robbery style murder and pretended to go to work the next day as if nothing had happened” reads part of a police report. But, at a later interrogation, Matthew fessed up to police after apparent DNA samples turned up matches to his and her blood.