The 74-year-old Briton “suffocates his 52-year-old wife to death in her home in Cyprus so she would not suffer after she was diagnosed with incurable leukemia”
- David Hunter, 74, reportedly killed his wife to save her from leukemia
- Local reports claim he attempted suicide before being arrested at Paphos General Hospital
- The couple, who had been married for 52 years, moved to Cyprus after David lost his job in the mining industry
- The Cypriot police have confirmed that a criminal investigation is ongoing
A Briton living abroad in Cyprus is believed to have suffocated his 52-year-old wife before attempting to suicide because he did not want to see her suffer from cancer.
David Hunter, 74, reportedly killed his wife Janice, 75, previously diagnosed with incurable leukemia, by covering her mouth and nose at their home in Tremithousa, a village near Paphos.
The Cyprus Mail reports that David then tried to end his life but was arrested at Paphos General Hospital.
David Hunter, 74, (left) reportedly killed his wife Janice, 75 (right), previously diagnosed with incurable leukemia, by covering her mouth and nose at their home in Tremithousa, a village near Paphos
Local reports also said David confessed to the murder and claimed his wife wanted to die peacefully once she was finally diagnosed.
Police were made aware of the incident by Interpol on December 18 at 8 p.m. after David allegedly sent a message to his family members telling them what he had done.
The incident is now under criminal investigation.
A police spokeswoman Marina Christodoulides said the investigation is aimed at determining whether Janice’s death was deliberate.
David and Janice lived together in the village of Tremithousa (pictured), near Paphos, Cyprus
“As a result, the 74-year-old British man is being held at Paphos General Hospital for the next seven days,” she added.
According to SunOnline, a relative told them that the police in Cyprus had confirmed the death was a “merciful murder,” but expressed their shock at the news.
Before moving to Cyprus, David had worked as a miner and former colleague Bernard McKever, 77, told the website, “They were a lovely couple, very nice and decent people, so this is a huge shock.”
MailOnline contacted the Cypriot police for additional comments.
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