Brit cries on the dock as he stands trial for choking his 46-year-old wife to death in Cyprus after learning she had cancer

A BRIT accused of suffocating his terminally ill wife in Cyprus wept in the dock as he went to court yesterday.

David Hunter, 75, has been accused of murdering his wife Janice at their home in Paphos in December last year.

David is accused of murdering his wife Janice in Cyprus last year

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David is accused of murdering his wife Janice in Cyprus last year

The trial opened in Paphos District Court on Monday after being postponed twice, reports ITV News.

David reportedly admitted to police that he covered his wife’s mouth and nose as she sat in her armchair at their home after she was diagnosed with terminal leukemia in 2016.

He then attempted suicide and spent two weeks in intensive care.

Before the hearing, David, who was being driven from prison to court in a police van, told reporters: “Not only was she my wife, she was my best friend. It’s like a black hole.

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“I used to think I could never imagine life without Janice, but it’s just so much harder. I just live from day to day. I have to keep my head up.

“Janice’s sister had died of leukemia and she saw what was coming. She made me promise to help her if she ever did.

“She said I don’t want to go through this. She knew the symptoms and saw them coming.”

David and Janice, who have been married for 46 years, moved to Cyprus from Ashington, Northumberland almost 20 years ago.

The couple fell in love with the island while vacationing there and relocated after David, a former miner at Ellington Colliery, lost his job when the mine closed in 1994.

But in the run-up to Christmas last year, Janice reportedly started begging her husband to end her life as her health deteriorated.

At Monday’s hearing, the first officer at the scene said David opened the door and told him, “I killed my wife and tried to commit suicide.”

The officer went into the house and found Janice on a chair covered with a blanket, the court heard.

David is represented by UK-based legal aid group Justice Abroad.

Michael Polak, a lawyer for the organization who flew in for the trial, told the Guardian: “He’s 76 and he’s dying for the case to be heard.

“He has been in detention for a long time and it is clear that after a visit to Nicosia Central Prison he is very concerned about getting loose.”

The couple’s daughter Lesley Cawthorne, 49, said she needed her father to come home so he could start mourning and caring for her mother properly.

She said: “I can tell you that he is very depressed. His mental health is probably at its worst ever.”

David’s lawyers had tried to reduce the murder charge to assisted suicide – claiming he acted out of love to end her suffering.

But the Cypriot Attorney General rejected the request.

The case is expected to be heard between now and Christmas in a few days.

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