An irate British mother was sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband with a boiling mixture of water and sugar after she was told he had sexually assaulted her two children.
Prosecutors say Corinna Smith, 59, of Neston, near Liverpool, poured the superheated liquid over Michael Baines, 80, while he was sleeping in their bed last year, according to reports. He suffered burns over a third of his body and died from his injuries weeks later.
Prosecutors told a local court that the sugar “made the liquid more viscous, thicker and stickier, so it sticks to the skin and does more damage.”
Smith, reportedly “enraged” and “fuming” at the news of her husband’s alleged predatory behavior, mixed two kettles of water with three bags of sugar before attacking Baines in bed.
He died in hospital five weeks later after repeated surgeries and skin grafts.
Smith’s daughter alleged that Baines had sexually abused her and her brother “for many years when they were children.” The brother, Craig, committed suicide in 2007 and was in prison for assault.
He had told his mother that the man he attacked was a “pedophile” who had “sexually touched him,” according to reports.
She will have to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison before she can be considered for parole.