After learning that her husband had sexually assaulted her two children, an enraged British mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing him with a boiling mixture of water and sugar.
According to reports, prosecutors claim that Corinna Smith, 59, of Neston, near Liverpool, poured the superheated liquid over Michael Baines, 80, while he slept in their bed last year. He was burned over a third of his body and died from his injuries a few weeks later.
Sugar “made the liquid more viscous, thicker, and stickier,” prosecutors told a local court, “so that it stays on the skin and causes greater damage.”
Smith, who was reportedly “enraged” and “furious” after learning of her husband’s alleged predatory behaviour, reportedly mixed two kettles of water with three bags of sugar before attacking Baines in bed.
After multiple surgeries and skin grafts, he died five weeks later in the hospital.
Baines allegedly sexually abused Smith’s daughter and brother “for many years when they were children,” according to Smith’s daughter. Craig, the brother who had been imprisoned for an assault, committed suicide in 2007.
According to reports, he told his mother that the man he attacked was a “paedophile” who had “touched him sexually.”
Before being considered for parole, she must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison.