Murderer wife who poured boiling sugar water over husband is jailed

A Cheshire killer who poured boiling water over her sleeping husband has been jailed.

Corinna Smith, of Highfield Road in Neston, mixed boiling water with three bags of sugar and then poured it over her 81-year-old husband, Michael Baines, leaving him with 36 per cent burns to his body.

He was taken to Whiston Hospital in the early hours of July 14, 2020, in a serious condition, but despite receiving treatment for his injuries, and the best efforts of medical staff, he died a month later.

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The day before the attack, Smith, 59, was described as angry and very upset at a rumour circulating about her husband that she believed to be true.

On the day of the incident she returned home and filled a bucket from her garden with boiling water and mixed it with 3kg of sugar.

As Michael lay asleep in bed she poured the contents over his arms and torso and then left the property.

She went to a nearby house and banged on the front door until the occupant answered. He contacted police and ambulance after hearing her say ‘I’ve hurt him really bad, I think I’ve killed him’.

A short time later officers arrived at the address. They found Michael in excruciating pain and whimpering in bed with the skin on his right arm and hand peeling off.

Michael was taken to hospital and remained in the burns unit for two weeks in a stable condition before he deteriorated and passed away.

Following the incident Smith was initially charged with grievous bodily harm – shortly after the death of her husband she was charged with murder.

On June 15, a jury found her guilty of murder following a five-day trial at Chester Crown Court and was sentenced.

She was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison at the same court today (July 9).

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, said: “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 vicious. 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 neighbour, 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. My thoughts continue to be with his family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Cheshire Live – Cheshire