Man who killed his terminally ill wife could go back to prison after appeal

A man who was freed from prison after killing his terminally ill wife could end up back behind bars following a last-minute appeal.

David Hunter, 76, was freed last week and returned to his home in Tremithousa near Paphos in Cyprus where he’d lived with his wife Janice, 74.

But now the Cypriot Attorney General has appealed both his sentence and his acquittal at the last minute.

He’d spent 19 months in prison, and today was the final day in which his manslaughter conviction could be appealed.

David suffocated Janice in December 2021 to end her suffering as she struggled with terminal blood cancer.

He was found not guilty of premeditated murder last month, as there was ‘no evidence’ to suggest it was a pre-planned killing, which he’d always denied.

David was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to two years in prison – but as he’d already spent that time behind bars, he was freed immediately.

Michael Polak from Justice Abroad, which represents David, told the Mirror: ‘We are obviously very disappointed with the Attorney General’s decision to appeal today which gets in the way of David getting on with his life.

‘He has spent 19 months in prison and faced legal proceedings over that period that would be difficult for anyone, but especially for someone of his age.

‘This is a very sad matter; however it is difficult to see how the continued pursuit of David assists anyone.

‘We will continue to fight for David before the Appeal Court of Cyprus as we have done throughout the lengthy mission to free David.

‘David would like to thank everyone from Cyprus, the United Kingdom, and around the world who have shown such strong support during his trial and since his release.’

David’s daughter Lesley Crawthorne added: ‘The family is devastated by the decision and would again urge compassion for my elderly and frail father.

‘We continue to be so very grateful for all the support we have had.’

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