David Hunter, 74, accused of mercy killing of 75-year-old wife

David Hunter, 74, accused of mercy killing of 75-year-old wife

Hunter is represented by UK-based firm Justice Abroad, which said on Monday that the Cypriot prosecutor had rejected their request to drop the murder accusation in favour of the lesser charge of assisted suicide.

‘We have been informed by the prosecution that these submissions have been rejected, but no reason was given,’ Michael Polak of Justice Abroad said in a statement.

‘We will continue to request that the prosecution take the principled decision so that we can bring David back home to his daughter in the United Kingdom as soon as possible.’

The criminal court in the southwestern coastal city of Paphos on Monday adjourned Hunter’s trial until June 16. Mr Hunter will die in prison if found guilty of murder.

Due to the seriousness of the charge – which carries a life sentence – the court ruled that the defendant should remain in prison until his next hearing.

He has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife.

It is believed to be the first case involving assisted suicide in Cyprus.

Hunter is a former miner from Northumberland, England, who retired to Cyprus with his wife, Janice.

They had been together for 56 years and were teenage sweethearts. Janice Hunter was terminally ill and suffering from leukaemia since 2016.

She was losing her sight, couldn’t eat or drink and had constant diarrhoea that meant she needed nappies – but was only given paracetamol by doctors.

‘This was a terminal disease that had taken the life of her sister, and the pain she was under was getting worse,’ said Justice Abroad.

‘When she died in their flat in Paphos in December 2021, David Hunter was left stricken with grief, and he tried to end his own life.’

According to Paphos police, the Briton ‘confessed to killing his 75-year-old wife by blocking her nose and mouth with his hands’. He told police she was ill with leukaemia and that he ‘could not see her suffer anymore’.

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