23/09/2011 07:29 BST | Updated 23/11/2011 05:12 GMT

Stuart Mungall: Yorkie Star Who Killed His Wife Set Free

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- The star of the original Yorkie chocolate bar adverts who killed his terminally-ill wife has walked free from court after a judge showed mercy on him.

Stuart Mungall, 71, ended the life of former actress Joan, 69, at their home in Tooting, south London, last December.

The prosecution accepted his plea in July of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility caused by depression following the strain of caring for her.

Mungall smiled and was given a thumbs-up sign from supporters in the public gallery at the Old Bailey after being given a 12-month sentence suspended for two years.