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A 96-year-old man has been handed a suspended jail term for killing his dementia-suffering wife after a court heard she told him she no longer wished to live.

Jack Tindall pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 88-year-old Ernestine Tindall on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday.

Police said the couple had been married for 68 years and were "devoted to one another".

Mrs Tindall had been suffering with vascular dementia and needed round-the-clock care after a stroke in August 2015.

She had previously mentioned to her husband and other loved ones that she no longer wanted to live, police said.

Tindall, of Boughton, Nottinghamshire, had also appeared at a previous court hearing in a wheelchair. He was initially charged with murder – one of the oldest people in the UK ever to be charged with the offence – after killing his wife at their home in Perlethorpe, near Ollerton, on August 3 last year.

But the court accepted his plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter. Judge Gregory Dickinson QC, the Recorder of Nottingham, sentenced Tindall to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

After the sentencing, Detective Inspector Justine Dakin of Nottinghamshire Police said: "This is a tragic and desperately sad case for all concerned."