Intimate partner murder

A woman who poured a mix of boiling water and sugar over her husband to “extract vengeance” after a family row has been found guilty of his murder.

Corinna Smith, 59, attacked 81-year-old Michael Baines while he was in bed at their home in Highfield Road in Neston, Cheshire, on 14 July 2020.

He suffered extensive burns and died five weeks later in hospital.

Smith denied murdering her husband of 38 years but she was found guilty by a jury at Chester Crown Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Smith, who was also her husband’s carer, had been involved in a dispute with him and another family member prior to the killing.

Shortly after midnight, she took a bucket from her garden, boiled up two kettles of water and mixed the water with three bags of sugar, the CPS said.

A row, not years of abuse. But of course femicide is always about the women being the victims.

12 thoughts on “Intimate partner murder”

  1. Ummm… That is boiling saturated sugar syrup she tossed on him.. That stuff is far nastier than even hot grease, and she obviously knew it..

    “murder” is too good for her.. She should have been tried for torture as well. Sheesh…

  2. Not an impromptu choice. Boiling hot and sticky will have made a very nasty deep muscle burn. It must have been excruciatingly painful.

    Did the 22 year age gap have had something to do with the “dispute”? At 21 and 43 the difference perhaps didn’t seem so great (although he was literally “old enough to be her father”). At 59 and 81, that gap could be quite a gulf in terms of health and life choices.

  3. It will turn out that she suffered years of mental and physical abuse from him (which no one else witnessed) and backed into a corner and desperate and with no other choice and suffering from PTSD and fearful for her life and as a reflex action spent a couple of hours planning and carrying out the attack which she didn’t really mean and she should really be given a cup of tea and a biscuit and needs some understanding.

  4. ’ Speaking after the hearing, CPS Mersey Cheshire’s Jayne Morris said Smith killed her husband in a “brutal and painful way”.

    “She confessed to manslaughter… but the CPS refused to accept that,” she said.’

    Such a clear cut case even the CPS couldn’t balls it up!

  5. What Andrew C said.

    Sounds like a typical article in Unherd which has taken a regrettable course in recent months.

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