Boston, Mass., Jul 31, 2023 / 13:49 pm
David Hunter, a 76-year-old British man who was found not guilty of murder in the killing of his ailing wife, was released from custody July 31 after it was ruled that he served his sentence while in custody during the court proceedings.
Hunter was given a two-year sentence on a manslaughter charge July 21 for suffocating his wife, Janice, in December 2021 at their home on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus.
Hunter told the court that his wife had blood cancer, which caused her great suffering and was immobilizing. He told the court that his wife was “begging” him to help her end her life, which he said he repeatedly refused to do, according to a press release from Justice Abroad, the organization that represented him.
When he finally consented to her wishes and killed her, he then attempted to kill himself by overdosing on medication, the press release said.