He made a terrible error in how he sought to deal with his problemsMichael Garvey, defending He stopped after she pleaded for her life, reminding him about their children and grandchildren.At Leicester Crown Court, Shipp admitted attempting to murder his wife at their former home in Lutterworth, as well as stealing £17,686, two rings and the bracelet, which he pawned for £3,000. But in extraordinary scenes, he was spared jail and handed a two-year sentence, suspended for two years, after she indicated that she still loved him and did not want him to go to prison.Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said the “highly unusual case” called for a “merciful and compassionate” sentence due to the view of the victim.The court heard the Shipps married in 1985 after meeting five years earlier. Their relationship was described by the judge as “loving and happy… for many years” before Shipp, who used to run a successful dental practice in Poole, Dorset, became the victim of fraud. Mrs Shipp, who suffered no physical injuries although was said to be deeply shocked, accompanied her husband to a GP after the incident and he was treated for depression and received counselling, the court heard.He later told police about the overseas investment scam and openly admitted to trying to kill his wife. She is now living separately from him in a housing association property.Michael Garvey, defending, said: “It’s a sad case and until then he had led an entirely blameless life. With the benefit of clarity and hindsight he’s able to say how much he regrets what he did.”He’s been extremely foolish in his financial dealings and made a terrible error in how he sought to deal with his problems and it’s inflicted a burden on his wife which she shouldn’t have had to put up with.”Mrs Shipp accompanied her husband to and from the court, but when asked if she forgave him, she replied: “I’m not sure, I’ll have to think about that.”Speaking at her home after the case, she added: “We’re both adults and we want to leave what happened in the past. We remain good friends and are still in contact.” Neighbours described the couple as “lovely”. Shipp was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and attend a 20-day rehabilitation programme. A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison. Christopher Shipp, 63, invested his entire pension savings into an overseas investment scam, expecting a £500,000 pay out.But when he got nothing back, he raided more than £17,000 from his wife Shirlianne’s bank account and stole jewellery from her including a £15,000 bracelet.It was when the 73-year-old confronted him about the missing money on March 10 last year that he tried to kill her, confessing that he was planning on committing suicide straight after. Christopher Shipp leaving Leicester Crown CourtCredit:Leicester Mercury / SWNS.com When his wife confronted him about the missing money, he strangled her from behind and said: “It’s the only way, I’ll be with you in half an hour, I’ve got the tablets downstairs.”The court heard that he thought killing his wife would “spare her the anguish” over his own suicide and the scam coming to light.Philip Gibbs, prosecuting, said: “She tried to plead with him about their children and grandchildren and he relented and let her go.”He then lay on the bed staring into space. She could see he was in a desperate state.”The victim is in court and she’s told officers she doesn’t want him to go to prison because he wasn’t himself at the time. She believes he didn’t want to harm her but he thought he was acting in their best interests. They continue to be friends and he remains in her life.” She [his wife] believes he didn’t want to harm her but he thought he was acting in their best interestsPhilip Gibbs, prosecuting Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.