A Perth man whose sick wife died weighing just 30 kilograms in "appalling conditions" while in his care has been jailed for one year.
Janene Devine, 48, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and died in March 2007 from the disease and underlying sepsis.
Her husband Andrew Devine was her sole carer at the time and pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a coronial inquest referred the matter to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who charged Devine with murder.
Devine, 58, was sentenced in the WA Supreme Court on Thursday to serve at least six months in prison.
In sentencing, Justice Ralph Simmonds said Devine had clearly accepted responsibility for his wife's death and his risk of reoffending was "very low".
He said Devine's mental health was so impaired at the time of his wife's death that he could barely care for himself let alone anyone else.
The judge noted that Ms Devine, who was 170cm tall, weighed just 30kg when she died and had been living in "appalling conditions" with her husband.
Devine's sentence was backdated to April, and with parole, he could be released in two months.
"The court wishes you well for your rehabilitation," Justice Simmonds said.
Outside court, Ms Devine's family member Chris John said there was some gratification for the family in the sentence.
"But of course, we don't think that jail really does a lot in some situations and probably not in this in the long run, but at the same time, a life was taken prematurely and therefore there has to be something visible done to flag that importance," he said.
A cousin, Barry White, said he was relieved that Devine was not walking out of court a free man.
"If it was two months, two years, 20 years - it makes no difference to Jan," he said.
The pair said they did not want an apology from Devine and did not want to talk to him at all.