Christopher Edwards has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that when he and his wife went to France last year they never intended to "hide there forever" and that they "could not sustain things anymore".
He says that they eventually returned to the UK because they had run out of money.
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It will be another misty and cloudy start to the day.
Another rather cloudy day, with the easterly wind continuing to bring low cloud in from the North Sea.
Some mist and hill fog tonight. Brightening up on Thursday.