Dubai: UK journalist charged with wife's murder

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A British journalist at a newspaper in Dubai has been charged with murdering his wife, the emirate's government says.

Francis Matthew, editor-at-large of Gulf News, was arrested after his wife Jane Matthew, 62, died on 4 July.

The Government of Dubai's media office said preliminary investigations showed she died from a blow to the head with a solid object.

The Foreign Office said support is being provided to Mrs Matthew's family.

"We are also providing support to a British national detained in Dubai," a spokesman added.

The media office said on Twitter that Mr Matthew had told police he assaulted his wife and threw a hammer at her, without intending to kill her.

Abdul Hamid Ahmad, editor-in-chief of Gulf News, said in a statement: "We are shocked and saddened at this tragedy.

"Francis was editor of the paper from 1995-2005.

"He is a well-respected journalist, known for his keen insight into the Middle East. He was holding the position of editor-at-large at the time of the incident.

"Both Francis and Jane have played a very active role in the British expatriate community over the past 30 years."

Investigations by Dubai police are continuing.

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