A British newspaper editor in\u00a0Dubai\u00a0has been was found guilty of bludgeoning his wife to death with a hammer and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.\r\nFrancis Matthew was not present in the Dubai Court of the First Instance for the verdict read by Judge Fahad al-Shamsi, which is common in courts in the United Arab Emirates.\r\n\r\nThe former editor of the English-language Gulf News had faced the possibility of the death penalty in the July 2017 killing.\r\nA brother of Matthew\u2019s wife, the late 62-year-old Jane Matthew, was in court for the verdict, but declined to immediately talk to journalists.\r\nMatthew\u2019s lawyer could not be immediately reached. Matthew can appeal his sentence.\r\nOn 4 July, Dubai police say they were called to Matthew\u2019s three-bedroom villa in Dubai\u2019s Jumeirah neighbourhood. There, they say they found his wife of over 30 years dead, and the editor told them robbers had broken into the home and killed her.\r\nDuring a later interrogation, however, police say Matthew told them his wife had grown angry with him because they were in debt and needed to move. Matthew said he got angry when his wife called him a \u201closer\u201d and told him \u201cyou should provide financially,\u201d according to police.\r\nMatthew told police his wife pushed him during the argument. He then got a hammer, followed her into the bedroom and struck her twice in the head, killing her, according to a police report. The next morning, Matthew tried to make it look like the house had been robbed and later went to work like nothing had happened, throwing the hammer in a nearby trash can, police said.\r\nGulf News previously has said Matthew served as its editor from 1995-2005 and then became an editor-at-large at the newspaper. He was still with the newspaper at the time of the killing, though the Gulf News now refers to him as a former employee.