After his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer, a man allegedly smothered her to death

After his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer, a man allegedly smothered her to death

According to local media, David Hunter, 74, admitted to covering his wife Janice's mouth in their home in Tremithousa, near Paphos.

The former miner allegedly tried to kill himself before being arrested at a local hospital.

Hunter, from Northumberland, confessed to killing Janice, 75, after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the Cyprus Mail writes.
He allegedly said his wife of 52 years wished to die peacefully after physicians told her so.

Interpol notified the authorities at 8 p.m. on December 18 after David allegedly confessed to his family via text message.
The cause of Janice's death is being investigated, according to police spokeswoman Marina Christodoulides.

He would be detained in Paphos General Hospital for the next seven days, she added.

Ms Christodoulides said she couldn't comment on Hunter's mental health but said he's doing well and will stay in hospital for a week.

Hunter and Janice met in Cyprus and decided to live there after Hunter's coal mine, Ellington Colliery, closed in 1994.

‘They were a great couple, very polite and respectable people, so this is a big shock,' said Bernard McKever, 77.

‘They were a really outgoing and lively couple before they moved abroad.

‘I knew Janice was sick and things were bad, but I had no idea it was that bad.' This is truly tragic news.'

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