Corinna Smith from Neston, Cheshire, had been married to her husband Michael Baines for 38 years. Later in life, she was told by her daughter that Michael abused her and her late brother when they were young. This caused her be chocked with pure rage. The first thing that came to her mind in those moments was to make him suffer too.

She boiled a kettle of water in which she poured three bags of sugar and then hurled the boiling water on her husband who was in the room asleep.

After hurting Michael, who was 80 years old at the time, Corinna ran to a neighbor’s place and told them what she did. “I’ve hurt him really bad, I think I’ve killed him,” she screamed, as reported by Liverpool Echo. The shocked neighbor called the police who arrived at the scene just to find Michael in unbearable pain.

“I’m badly burned. I’m burned all over,” he kept saying over and over again as the skin of his right hand and arm was peeling off. “She poured boiling water all over me,” he screamed. “I just want to die.”

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Michael’s injuries were so severe that he was forced to spend five weeks in hospital before he passed away in August 2020.

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.”

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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