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Briton murdered on Malaysia island, wife arrested: Police

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    Agence France-Presse

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Thu, October 18, 2018   /   11:44 pm
Briton murdered on Malaysia island, wife arrested: Police Langkawi Island, Malaysia (The Star/Asia News Network/File)

A British man has been stabbed to death on the Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi, and his wife has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said Thursday.

John William Jones, 62, was found on the floor of his house with a stab wound to the chest, local police chief Mohamad Iqbal Ibrahim told AFP.

His British wife, whose identity was not disclosed, has been detained and is suspected of having murdered him following a row, he said. 

The pair had lived on Langkawi, a jungle-clad, tropical island in northwest Malaysia that attracts millions of tourists annually to its palm-fringed beaches, for the past 11 years, Mohamad Iqbal said.

"The couple were believed to have engaged in an argument. The wife then took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her husband in the chest," he said.

A 30-centimeter (12-inch) knife was found on the floor of the couple's bedroom covered in blood stains, he said. 

Local media reported the victim's body was discovered early Thursday after neighbours alerted police.

Under current laws, the wife will be sentenced to death by hanging if she is found guilty of murdering her husband. Murder carries a mandatory death sentence in Malaysia. 

The government recently pledged to abolish the death penalty for all crimes but lawmakers still have to approve the changes.