Lawyers for a man charged with murdering his wife in Cyprus are seeking to have the charge altered to assisted suicide.
David Hunter, a 74-year-old ex-miner from Northumberland, is accused of killing his 75-year-old wife who had been suffering from terminal blood cancer.
Murder is not an appropriate charge. He acted to free his wife from the immense pain of her illness - the couple's daughter has testified to her parents' devotion to each other and her mother's desire to die.
It's unclear whether Hunter had his wife's consent and, regardless of her wishes, euthanasia is still illegal in Cyprus. He was recently ordered to attend a psychiatric facility in response to the killing and attempted overdose, and his actions demand intense investigation.