Former Dubai editor appeals for leniency in murder case

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A former newspaper editor convicted of killing his wife with a hammer has appeared in the Dubai Court of Appeal for the latest hearing.

Francis Matthew’s legal team has asked for leniency arguing that the attack wasn’t premeditated and that he had no criminal intent.

They have also requested his jail term to be cut to two years.

A 10-year sentence initially handed to Matthew was increased to 15 years last year, but it was later overturned by Dubai’s highest court, which also ordered a retrial.

The case has now been adjourned to November 27, when a verdict is expected.

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