Help Bring David Home

by Lesley Cawthorne

Help Bring David Home

by Lesley Cawthorne
Lesley Cawthorne
Case Owner
My name is Lesley and I'm fundraising for my dad, David, who is recently widowed, alone and frightened in a Cypriot prison.
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Lesley Cawthorne
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My name is Lesley and I'm fundraising for my dad, David, who is recently widowed, alone and frightened in a Cypriot prison.
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Latest: June 18, 2022

Urgent Clarification

In the last couple of days, an article has appeared in the Associated Press stating that Cypriot prosecutors have disputed whether my mum had ever received a medical diagnosis of blood cancer.

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My name is Lesley and I'm fundraising for the legal defence of my father David Hunter who is 74 and is facing murder charges in Cyprus.

My parents were together for 56 years and doted on each other. They were teenage sweethearts who couldn’t bear to be apart. My father worked in the mines his whole life. The home he shared with my mother was a place of warmth and joy.

When they retired, they moved to Cyprus, a place that they both loved. Over the last five years my mum became increasingly unwell. She was suffering from blood cancer and was in a great deal of pain and her quality of life had drastically diminished. This was a terminal disease that had taken the life of her sister and the pain she was under was getting worse and worse.

She wanted to die and wanted for her suffering to be ended.

When she died in their home in Paphos in December 2021 my dad was left stricken with grief and he tried to end his own life. Fortunately for us, he survived. He has been charged with the premeditated murder of my mother. This carries an automatic life sentence.  He is now in prison in Cyprus bewildered and terrified and separated from his family and friends.

My dad devoted himself to caring for my mum. We love him very much and want to help him in any way possible. That's why we need help to pay for the legal representation which will give him the best chance possible of being allowed to return to the United Kingdom to the people who love him and who can support him through his grief. My father is in the latter stages of his life, and we just want him to be with us…

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Update 8

Lesley Cawthorne

June 18, 2022

Urgent Clarification

In the last couple of days, an article has appeared in the Associated Press stating that Cypriot prosecutors have disputed whether my mum had ever received a medical diagnosis of blood cancer.

We need to make clear that my mum had indeed received a medical diagnosis. Our defence team have my mum's medical records showing her diagnosis of blood cancer back in 2016 and confirming that she was still suffering from the condition in the months leading to her death.

The suggestion that my mum was never actually ill has been incredibly distressing for my family and we have requested that Associated Press issue a correction.

The willingness for a public prosecutor to put out false prejudicial statements shows what we are up against in our fight for justice for my dad in Cyprus.

The trial is now adjourned until 19 September 2022. With your support we will be instructing the top experts to give my dad the best chance possible. 

Update 7

Lesley Cawthorne

May 18, 2022

The Trial is Fast Approaching

With less than a month to go before my dad's trial starts, I want to update everyone who has kindly supported us.

My dad's legal team is working hard behind the scenes as they prepare to fight for him at trial and will be using top experts in their bid to save him from the life sentence which will mean he dies alone in prison. The need to commission expert reports means thst my dad urgently needs more financial support so that he has the best chance possible. If you can, please continue to share our campaign far and wide. My family will be forever grateful.

Thank you

Lesley xx

Update 6

Lesley Cawthorne

April 19, 2022

Thank You! Please Help us to Keep Going!

I want to start by saying a massive, heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated and shared the link. As a family, we are so incredibly grateful for your support.

As many of you will know, my dad attended court yesterday. We have now found out that the Cypriot Attorney General will not substitute a charge of assisting suicide for murder and the matter will be going to trial. This will involve further costs such as the instruction of experts.  Please do continue to share this campaign and help bring David home.

With love and thanks,

Lesley xxx

Update 5

Lesley Cawthorne

Feb. 25, 2022

Thank You ❤

Thank you so, so much to everyone who has continued to share and donate - you're incredible❤ Dad hasn't been feeling great this week - it's freezing cold in the prison and his arthritis is causing him a lot of pain. I need to bring him home, it's no place for a man of his age. If you can, please share the link to my interview, it gives a glimpse into how much my parents suffered and how we've ended up in this nightmare.

Thank you ❤❤❤

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-10544221/I-forgive-Dad-killing-Mum-act-love.html?ito=native_share_article-top

Update 4

Lesley Cawthorne

Feb. 19, 2022

Nearly at £6,000!

Oh my goodness, thank you all so, so much - we've almost hit our initial target of £6,000. I will never be able to thank everyone enough ❤

I just want to explain a bit about how Crowd Justice works. We had to set the initial target at what we hoped was an achievable amount because if we don't reach the initial target then all donations are returned and we don't get a penny. We also have a stretch target of £30,000, which is a more realistic approximation of the legal costs. It's a huge ask especially when the cost of living is going through the roof, but if you can, please keep sharing our link.❤❤❤

Update 3

Lesley Cawthorne

Feb. 17, 2022

We've Hit £5,000!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to donate. When this started I felt very alone and now I don't feel alone at all. That's down to you all, because at a very dark time your support and generosity has made the world of difference ❤

Lesley xxx

Update 2

Lesley Cawthorne

Feb. 14, 2022

So Grateful

Times are tough for everyone at the moment and that's why we appreciate every single penny that's donated. I spoke to my dad in prison this morning and I'm not going to lie, there were tears because he can't believe the support he has received. You're all helping to keep him going - thank you ❤

Follow the link to hear my dad's barrister explain what we're trying to achieve.

https://twitter.com/MetroRadioNews/status/1493123887986622465?s=20&t=NUVHqyG1MaHKgG6zebMKTA

Update 1

Lesley Cawthorne

Feb. 12, 2022

Thank You!

Thank you so, so much to everyone who has donated so far; I can't begin to tell you how much it means to us.

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