Mercy-killing: Ex-Forfar actor walks free

A FORFAR-BORN actor has walked free from the Old Bailey after admitting the ‘mercy-killing’ of his terminally ill wife.

Stuart Mungall smothered Joan after snapping under the pressure of seeing her fight a degenerative brain disease that left her wheelchair bound and unable to look after herself.

Australian born Joan, who Stuart fell in love with after sharing an Edinburgh theatre stage, was said to have only weeks to live when he ended her life by smothering her with a pillow as she lay in bed at her home in Tooting, south London, last December.

The couple were married for 43 years and were described as being devoted to each other, but Mrs Mungall was struck by Pick’s disease, and it drove her husband to depression before he killed her.

Mungall (71), who appeared for sentence last week, having previously admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years. He was also placed under supervision for two years.

Born in Forfar Mr Mungall was educated at Forfar Academy before spending a couple of years at Gordonstoun school.

After working as a shepherd and a motor mechanic in Forfar he found his way into acting. He met his wife while they were appearing in Toad of Toad Hall in Edinburgh.