Daughter begs dad not to kill himself after choking his wife

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Harrowing footage of a daughter begging her father not to kill himself after he suffocated her terminally ill mother was played in court.

Lesley Hunter tells her dad David Hunter, 75, ‘You can’t leave me, I’m your girl’ in heartbreaking phone call.

British pensioner Hunter is accused of the premeditated murder of his wife Janice (74) in their retirement home in Cyprus.

He has admitted to choking his 56-year-old partner, but says she spent weeks begging him to end her life as she has end-stage leukaemia.

After Janice’s death on December 18, 2021, Hunter called his brother William to confess and tell him he was going to kill himself.

William alerted the police and officers rushed to Lesley’s home in Norfolk and told her to call her father, MailOnline reports.

His daughter says to him, “Daddy, remember how you walked me down the aisle and told me I was beautiful. i am your girl i am your girl

“You can’t leave me. Daddy please please daddy I beg you.’

Hunter can be seen slumped in a chair, but it’s unclear if he was taking anything before the call.

Lesley Hunter holds her phone showing her father David Hunter, 75, via video call. Lesley tells her father you can't leave me from their home in Norwich, 2,500 miles from the British pensioner's retirement home in Cyprus (as she fears he will commit suicide) after he mercy kills his wife . By Andy Jehring and Nick Pisa, both in Paphos, Cyprus. With video follows / re: DAUGHTER asked her father not to kill himself in a harrowing video call shortly after he choked on her terminally ill mother.

Lesley Hunter told her dad, ‘You can’t leave me, I’m your girl’

Undated family photo of David Hunter, 74, and Janice Hunter, 75, as Mr Hunter has denied murdering his wife in Cyprus while his lawyers seek to change the charges to assisted suicide. Mr Hunter, originally from Northumberland, is in custody and will face court in April on charges of killing his wife Janice at their home in Paphos in December. Mr Hunter entered a plea of ​​not guilty to a murder charge in Paphos District Court on Thursday. Issue date: Thursday February 10, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Hunter. Photo credit should read: Lesley Cawthorne/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may be used for editorial reporting purposes only to simultaneously illustrate events, things or people in the photo or facts mentioned in the photo's caption. Reuse of the image may require further permission from the copyright owner.

David Hunter, 74, and Janice Hunter, 75, have been together for 56 years (Image: PA)

As the police can be seen in the background, Lesley tells him, “Daddy, forget everyone else” and “focus on me”.

“Not on her. Nobody else, just me and you, daddy, you love me, you know that. I’m your girl,” she says.

“You have always loved me. i am your girl i’m your girl daddy I’m your little girl.”

A British police officer asks: “Did you take anything, David, because we can get someone to help?”

Hunter broke down in tears when prosecutors showed a picture of his wife’s lifeless body outside a court in Paphos on Wednesday.

Today was his first opportunity to testify at his trial since his arrest a year ago.

Last month it appeared a plea deal would be agreed that he would be released after admitting the lesser charge of manslaughter.

But the attorney general ruled that was not possible as there was no evidence of a suicide contract between the couple.

Lesley Hunter interview - ITV News

Lesley’s mother was suffering from terminal leukemia when she died (Image: ITV)

British pensioner David Hunter is escorted to a detention van at the Paphos Assizes Court in Cyprus after his hearing was adjourned. Hunter, 75, has been accused of murdering his terminally ill wife Janice, who is due to be sentenced. His lawyers agreed that he would admit to manslaughter in hopes of being allowed home. Picture date: Monday December 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Cyprus. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Hunter is escorted to a custody van at Paphos Assizes in Cyprus (Image: PA)

In court, Mr Hunter said: “I would never have killed her in a million years. She didn’t ask me, she begged me. She’s been begging me for the past five weeks.

“She didn’t fight back. Because of the cancer, she couldn’t even raise her hands.”

Euthanasia is illegal in Cyprus and the case has sparked debate about it.

The defense is currently trying to argue that five statements Mr Hunter made to police are inadmissible.

They allege that he was not offered an attorney at the time and that he was not given a physical for three days after Janice’s death.

A statement read: “While I tried to save her by killing her, Janice resisted and she held my hands.”

But it was reportedly written for Hunter by a Greek officer, who has disputed the bill.

He said prosecutor Andreas Hadjikyrou his wife was “just lying there” and there were “no scratches” on his hands.

“I know I would never hurt my wife,” he added.

The Brit says he “cannot remember” telling officers he killed her with his hands to stop her suffering.

He “felt like he was trapped in a tunnel” when paramedics and police arrived.

The process goes on. The case was adjourned until next Thursday.

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