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British pensioner arrested in Cyprus for killing terminally ill wife will not face murder trial

David Hunter, 75 (left) from Northumberland, was charged with the murder of his wife of 46 years, Janice, (right) at their home in Paphos, in December 2021. He no longer faces trial for murder after the conclusion of an agreement.  with Cypriot prosecutors, according to a group working with its lawyers

British pensioner, 75, arrested in Cyprus for killing terminally ill wife ‘who begged him to help her die’ will NOT face murder trial

  • A settlement has been reached with Cypriot prosecutors, according to a group working with David Hunter’s lawyers
  • The judge abroad said he would plead for manslaughter
  • Mr Hunter has been charged with the murder of his terminally ill wife, who died at the couple’s nursing home

A British pensioner arrested for the death of his ailing wife in Cyprus is no longer facing a murder trial after an agreement was reached with Cypriot prosecutors, according to a group working with his lawyers.

David Hunter, 75, is charged with the murder of his wife Janice, 74, who died in December 2021 at the couple’s nursing home in the seaside resort of Paphos, where many British expats in Cyprus live.

Justice Abroad, which works to help people navigate foreign legal systems, said the parties informed the Paphos Assize Court at a hearing on Friday that there had been an agreement regarding the facts of the case and that Mr. Hunter would enter a plea of ​​manslaughter in December. 5.

They said they now hope the legal proceedings will lead to Mr Hunter’s release from prison and the ability to return home after the next hearing.

David Hunter, 75 (left) from Northumberland, was charged with the murder of his wife of 46 years, Janice, (right) at their home in Paphos, in December 2021. He no longer faces trial for murder after the conclusion of an agreement.  with Cypriot prosecutors, according to a group working with its lawyers

David Hunter, 75 (left) from Northumberland, was charged with the murder of his wife of 46 years, Janice, (right) at their home in Paphos, in December 2021. He no longer faces trial for murder after the conclusion of an agreement. with Cypriot prosecutors, according to a group working with its lawyers

The organization said it was working with Cypriot lawyers Nicoletta Charalambidou and Ritsa Pekri to help Mr Hunter, a former miner from Northumberland.

Michael Polak, Director of Justice Abroad, said: “We are very pleased that the murder charge is no longer on the table, as our goal has always been to get David out of jail and back home as soon as possible. .

“At the next hearing, David’s strong attenuation, such as his good character and his long and loving relationship with his wife, will be presented in court.

“We hope, given the particular facts of this case and the case law in similar cases around the world, that the final sentence will be one that the court may consider suspending.

“We thank everyone from the UK, Cyprus and around the world for their support of David and his family at this difficult time.”

The couple had been married for 46 years before Janice's death.  They had moved to Cyprus from Ashington in Northumberland after retiring in 2002

The couple had been married for 46 years before Janice’s death. They had moved to Cyprus from Ashington in Northumberland after retiring in 2002

Earlier this year, Mr Hunter’s daughter Lesley said her mother ‘begged him for a long time (to help her die) and was very clear about what she wanted’.

Justice Abroad said Ms Hunter had terminal blood cancer.

The couple had moved to Cyprus from Ashington in Northumberland after retiring in 2002.

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