(CMR) A UK woman who poured a mixture of boiling water and sugar on her husband last year after she found out he had sexually abused her children for years has been sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors say Corinna Smith (59), of Neston, near Liverpool, poured the superheated liquid over Michael Baines, 80, as he slept in their bed last year, according to British media reports. Bains suffered burns over one-third of his body and died weeks later from his injuries after multiple surgeries and skin grafts.
Prosecutors told a local court the sugar “made the liquid more viscous, thicker and stickier so that it stays on the skin and causes greater damage.”
An angry Smith reportedly mixed two kettles of water with three bags of sugar after her daughter claimed Baines had sexually abused her and her brother “for many years when they were children.” The brother, Craig, committed suicide in 2007 and had been imprisoned for an assault.
He reportedly attacked a man who he accused of being a pedophile.
Smith will serve 12 years before being eligible for parole.