David Hunter's heartbreaking pact with wife after she begged him to take life

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David Hunter appeared on Good Morning Britain today, as he spoke of the heartbreaking pact he had with his wife Janice, after she begged him to take her life (Image: ITV)
David Hunter appeared on Good Morning Britain today, as he spoke of the heartbreaking pact he had with his wife Janice, after she begged him to take her life (Image: ITV)

David Hunter has spoken of the heartbreaking pact he had with his wife Janice, after she begged him to take her life.

The 76-year-old was released from jail last week after he was sentenced for two years for the manslaughter of his wife Janice. She had begged him to take her life as she was very poorly, which he did at their home in Paphos in December 2021.

During a chat on Good Morning Britain today, host Ed Balls – who sat alongside Ranvir Singh – was joined by David to discuss his prison ordeal. Ed asked David: "Do you remember when Janice first raised the idea of helping her end her life?" David then added: "Yeah, she asked us about six weeks before that night. It was six to eight weeks and I said, 'no no, keep fighting'. I couldn't take my wife's life. I said, 'I can't, I don't want to hurt you'. She said, 'you can't hurt me more than the pain I've got now'.

David Hunter's heartbreaking pact with wife after she begged him to take life eideziqkeiqhhinvDavid and his daughter spoke to Ed and Ranvir on ITV's Good Morning Britain today (ITV)

"She kept asking, and I kept saying no, but the last two weeks, she was begging me. I said, 'look ok I'll help you but I'll not tell you when and I'll not tell you how'. But I really didn't want to do it. It was later that I did it because I was hoping she'd change her mind."

David was joined by his daughter on Good Morning Britain today, where she revealed her parents had kept things a secret from her. She said her mother's illness had robbed her of her "dignity", as David heartbreaking revealed he wasn't allowed to watch his wife's coffin being taken into the church and instead was carted away by police and unable to stand and watch.

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David had previously told The Daily Mail he was suffering with nightmares and flashbacks following her death.

"She just closed her eyes and said, 'Give us a kiss.' I kissed her on the cheek. I've seen some awful things in my life, but the memory of her face as she died. She went grey. Her jaw was twisted. I tried to straighten it. She looked nothing like my wife," he said. "Those are the nightmares I still get. I see her face in those nightmares. And they are always so vivid. There are always lots of faces, all Janice's face, and I turn round and think she is by me — but she's dead. I can't get those images out of my mind."

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Jasmine Allday

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