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Francis Matthew, former editor-at-large of Gulf News.

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Appeal hearing in Dubai editor’s murder case postponed after no-show

 

DUBAI – The Dubai Court of Appeal postponed a hearing on an appeal in a Dubai editor’s murder case after he failed to show up in court.

The lawyers of Francis Matthew, former editor-at-large of Gulf News, were expected to push for his early release during the hearing on Wednesday. The hearing has been rescheduled on October 23.

Matthew is appealing for a reduced sentence after he was found guilty of killing his wife at their home in Jumeirah on July 4, 2017. He initially told police that robbers had killed his wife.

Police found his wife dead with a severe head wound on the couple’s bed. Police investigation later revealed that he killed her with multiple hammer blows to the head.

Last year, Matthew was sentenced to ten years in jail for physical assault leading to death. He appealed the sentence, but lost, with the court increasing his prison term to 15 years.

He made another appeal at the Dubai Court of Cassation, which overturned his sentence in December last year and ordered a review of the case with a fresh panel of judges.

His lawyers are hopeful that his jail term will be shortened after his son signed a waiver dropping all criminal charges.

His wife’s father, the other legal heir of the victim, died in March, which technically meant that all private charges against Matthew have been dropped. GAD/Expat Media

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