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A British woman poured a mixture of boiling water and sugar on her sleeping husband.
Corinna Smith, 59, was convicted of murdering her husband Michael Baines, 81, on Tuesday when she attacked him at their home in Neston, Cheshire on July 14, 2020, according to the BBC.
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Chester Crown Court overheard Smith mixing boiling water with three packets of sugar and sprinkling the liquid on her husband, burning his arms and chest.
Crown prosecutors said Smith was involved in an argument with her husband and another family member before the heinous act, the BBC reported.
Then he rushed to a neighbor crying and confessed: “I hurt him a lot, I think I killed him”, he confides at the point of sale.
Officers who responded found Baines moaning on the bed, the skin of his right arm and hand peeling off, Cheshire Live reported.
He was taken to Whiston Hospital, where he was stable in the cremation unit, but his condition worsened until his death on August 18, the agency reported.
“Smith killed her husband Michael in such a painful and cruel way,” said Chief Inspector Paul Hughes of the Cheshire Police Department’s Major Crime Division.
“It is absolutely terrible to throw boiling water on someone while they are sleeping. Mixing three packets of sugar with water also showed the determination that it was intended to cause serious harm.
“The sugar you put in the water makes it viscous,” he added.
“It becomes thicker and stickier and penetrates the skin better. Michael suffered and instead of calling 911 wasted time walking to a house nine doors away telling a neighbor who wasn’t there what he had done.
Smith was initially charged with aggravated assault and battery, but after her husband’s death the charges were continued for murder, according to local reports.
After the verdict, Jayne Morris, CPS Mersey Cheshire successor lawyer, said Smith’s actions were “deliberate and willful”.
“She was clearly upset by the discussion… but the evidence showed she was in control and acted with fury when she poured the lethal concoction on her husband in revenge,” she said, according to the BBC.
Smith was convicted after a five-day trial and will be sentenced on July 9.