British newspaper editor ‘admits he accidentally killed wife by throwing a hammer at her in their Dubai home’ – Telegraph.co.uk

A 60-year-old British newspaper editor told Dubai police that his wife had been killed by thieves who broke into their house before confessing that he accidentally killed her throwing a hammer at her, the UAE government said on Monday.

Francis Matthew, the editor-at-large of the Gulf News newspaper, has been charged with murder after admitting to detectives that he killed his wife Jane, 62, during a row at their coastal Dubai house last week, authorities said.

The death of Mrs Matthew and her husband’s arrest has shocked the large British expatriate community in the UAE, where the couple had lived for decades and were a fixture of Dubai’s social scene. 

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