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Man who killed terminally ill wife could face return to prison after being released

Man who killed terminally ill wife could face return to prison after being released

British expat David Hunter was released from custody after a court sentenced him to two years in jail for the manslaughter of his spouse

British expat David Hunter who killed his terminally ill wife could face a return to prison.

He was released from custody on July 31 after a court sentenced him to two years in jail for the manslaughter of Janice, his spouse of 52 years.

However, Cypriot prosecutors will now appeal Hunter's manslaughter conviction, according to his lawyers, and he could be slapped with new charges.

British expat David Hunter who killed his terminally ill wife could face a return to prison.
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Michael Polak, director of Justice Abroad, who represents him, said he was 'very disappointed' with the decision, which 'gets in the way of David getting on with his life'.

Mr Polak said: “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.”

Cypriot prosecutors will now appeal Hunter's manslaughter conviction, according to his lawyers, and he could be slapped with new charges.
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The 76-year-old - from Ashington, Northumberland - was a miner for more than four decades before the couple retired to Cyprus 20 years ago.

Within 15 minutes of being sentenced at Paphos District Court, he was allowed to walk free, due to time already served and good behaviour.

Hunter spent 19 months in prison before being found guilty of manslaughter, but cleared of the more serious charge of premeditated murder.

On Thursday (10 August) his legal team said the Cypriot attorney general has now filed an appeal against Hunter’s sentence and acquittal for murder.

It means the pensioner - who had decided to stay in Cyprus to be near his wife’s grave - faces a further legal fight.

Michael Polak, director of Justice Abroad, who represents him, said he was 'very disappointed' with the decision, which 'gets in the way of David getting on with his life'.
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The couple’s daughter Lesley Cawthorne said the family 'would again urge compassion for my elderly and frail father'.

“We continue to be so very grateful for all the support we have had,” she added.

Hunter told his trial he suffocated Mrs Hunter because she allegedly 'begged' him to as she was suffering from a rare form of blood cancer.

A three-judge panel accepted the defence case that he had spontaneously acted 'out of love' for his wife after she was said to have asked him to help end her life.

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Topics: UK News