Ex-councillor walks free over 'mercy killing' of husband
Susanne Wilson smothered Henry with cushion in what judge described as 'tragic case'.
A former councillor who killed her husband of 50 years has walked free from court.
Susanne Wilson, 72, who smothered 70-year-old Henry with a cushion at their home in Ayr in September 2016, was admonished by a judge.
The High Court in Glasgow heard on Tuesday that she believed Mr Wilson wanted her to help him die.
Judge Lady Rae said: "This was a very tragic case. There are exceptional circumstances and punishment would not be in the interests of justice.
"The main reason was your mental health at the time of the death of your husband. There is no reason to suggest that you are any risk whatsoever to the public.
"You are therefore admonished and dismissed. I hope you get on with the rest of your life."
Mrs Wilson, a retired nurse, had been the carer for her housebound husband, who suffered from chronic heart disease.
She was also struggling to come to terms with sex abuse allegations against her husband.
Mrs Wilson had originally faced a murder accusation but admitted the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
Prosecutors accepted the plea on the basis of her "diminished responsibility" at the time due to the strain she was under.
The court heard Mr Wilson, a retired Butlins shop manager, had previously tried to take his own life.
His wife was a Labour councillor in Troon, South Ayrshire, in the late 1990s.
The couple were married for 50 years and had three children.
Gordon Jackson QC defending, said Mrs Wilson intended to volunteer at a hospital that has helped her with her mental health, teaching embroidery to patients.