A Norwich pensioner who was arrested following the death of his terminally ill wife in Cyprus no longer faces a murder trial.
David Hunter, 75, has been charged with the death of his wife Janice, 74, who died in December 2021 at the couple’s nursing home in the town of Paphos.
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. 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.
The organization said it was working with Cypriot lawyers Nicoletta Charalambidou and Ritsa Pekri to help Mr Hunter, whose family still lives in Norfolk.
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.”
Mr Hunter’s daughter, Lesley, had previously told the evening newspaper“As a family, we are deeply traumatized by all of this.
“We are in a very bad patch.”
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