A Briton accused of killing his wife in Dubai sent a letter to his only son, regretting the murder, according to Emarat Al Youm newspaper.
Francis Matthew, 60, and his wife Jane were preparing to fly to the UK to attend the graduation of their only son.
However, a stroke with a hammer sent the wife to her grave, landed the husband in jail, smashed a 32-year marriage and left their only son in agony.
Matthew, the editor-at-large of Gulf News, was charged by the Public Prosecution with murdering his 62-year-old wife whom he married in 1985.
He first claimed that thieves had broken into their house and assaulted his wife before admitting to throwing a hammer at her, during a row at their coastal Dubai house which caused her death.
The couple enjoyed a stable marriage over more than three decades, playing an active role in the expatriate community in the United Arab Emirates.
Known for his deep insight into the Middle East, Mathew first worked at the Economist before taking over as editor of the Gulf News in 1995, a post he held until 2005 when he quit to become an editor at large.