After 38 years of marriage to Michael Baines, Corinna Smith from Neston, Cheshire was informed by her daughter that Michael had abused both her and her late brother during their youth. This news filled Corinna with a sense of pure rage, causing her to immediately contemplate inflicting suffering upon Michael in retaliation.
She boiled a pot of water into which she poured three bags of sugar and poured the boiling water over her husband who was sleeping in the room.
After injuring Michael, who was 80 at the time, Corina ran to a neighbor’s house and told them what she had done. “I hurt him so much, I think I killed him,” she cried, the Liverpool Echo reported. The distraught neighbor calls the police, who arrive on the scene to find Michael in excruciating pain.
“I was so badly burned. I felt burns all over,” he kept saying as the skin on his right hand and arm peeled off. He shouted, “You poured boiling water on me.” “I just want to die.”
Michael’s injuries were so severe that he was hospitalized for five weeks before his death in August 2020.
Woman found guilty of murder after pouring a mixture of boiling water and sugar on her husband while he was asleep.https://t.co/i7CeAxd3OZ— Complex (@Complex) July 13, 2021
Corinna was charged with murder. She explained that she didn’t act out of revenge, but she simply lost it and was extremely emotional at the time of the attack. “I accept that I poured boiling water over Michael with sugar in it. The whole thing is a bit of a blur. Minutes became seconds,” she added.
The detective handling the case, Chief Inspector Paul Hughes from Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, appeared in court and said of Corinna, “Smith killed her husband Michael in such a painful and cruel way. To throw boiling water over someone when they are asleep is absolutely horrific. To also mix three bags of sugar with the water showed the determination she had to cause serious harm.
“The sugar placed into the water makes it viscous,” Hughes added. “It becomes thicker and stickier and sinks into the skin better. It left Michael in agony and rather than call the emergency services she wasted time by going to a house nine doors away to tell a neighbor, who she wasn’t close to, what she had done. Michael was an elderly man who fought for his life after the attack but sadly in the end he passed away.”
This is Corinna Smith from Neston on the Wirral who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her husband by pouring boiling water, laced with sugar, over him while he slept at his home after hearing rumours circulating about him which she believed to be true pic.twitter.com/LSTCG4Vsuy— CapitalLivNews (@CapitalLivNews) July 9, 2021
It wasn’t revealed whether the accusations against Michael were true or not, but the prosecutor said that at the time of the horrific attack, Corinna believed her husband was guilty and acted upon those beliefs.
Judge Amanda Yip told Corinna, “You were understandably very upset. You were described as being livid and fuming at the thought of what had been done to your children.”
In July, 2021, 58-year-old Corinna Smith was found guilty for the death of her husband Michael and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years.
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