A woman from England was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 12 years for murdering her husband by pouring boiling water mixed with sugar on him.
Corinna Smith, 59, was found guilty of pouring boiling water over her 80-year-old husband while he slept in July 2020, according to a news release from the Cheshire Constabulary.
Before the attack, it was reported that Smith had been informed by her daughter about “devastating” allegations her husband had committed sexual abuse against children including her brother, who committed suicide in 2007.
The release states the next day, she filled a bucket from her garden with boiling water and mixed it with three bags of sugar.
While Baines was sleeping in bed, she poured the water and sugar on his arms and torso. She then went to a nearby home and told the occupant “I’ve hurt him really bad, I think I’ve killed him.”
The occupant called police, who found Baines in his bed whimpering in pain.
The addition of sugar to boiling water forms a paste, which sticks to skin and intensifies burns. It is a tactic commonly used in prisons, where it is described as “napalm” due to the way it attaches to skin and burns.
Her husband suffered burns to 36% of his body before he passed away a month later.
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,” said Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes. “The sugar placed into the water makes it vicious. It becomes thicker and stickier and sinks into the skin better. It left Michael in agony.