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A cruel killer who poured boiling water mixed with sugar over her sleeping elderly husband, leaving him whimpering in pain has been jailed.

Corinna Smith, from Neaton, used a known contortion of sugar and boiling water to create a scolding, sticky mixture that is difficult to remove from the skin.

Corina Smith's husband Michael Baines, 81, was left with 36 per cent burns to his body after she used three bags of sugar with water and then poured it over his body, reports CheshireLive.

Michel Baines was rushed to hospital in the early hours of July 14, 2020, in a serious condition but despite putting up a good fight and the valiant efforts of medical staff he died a month later.

The day before the attack Corina Smith heard a rumour circulating about her husband that she believed to be true and subsequently became very upset.

The next day she took a bucket from the garden and filled it with boiling water, mixed with 3kg of sugar.

As Michael lay asleep in bed she poured the contents over his arms and torso and then left the property.

She went to a nearby house and banged on the front door until the occupant answered. He contacted police and ambulance after hearing her say ‘I’ve hurt him really bad, I think I’ve killed him’.

A short time later officers arrived at the address. They found Michael in excruciating pain in bed with the skin on his right arm and hand peeling off.

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Michael was taken to hospital and remained in the burns unit for two weeks in a stable condition before he deteriorated and passed away.

Following the incident Smith was initially charged with grievous bodily harm – shortly after the death of her husband she was charged with murder.

On June 15, jury found her guilty of murder following a five-day trial at Chester Crown Court and was sentenced.

She was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison at the same court on Friday (July 9).

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, said: "To throw boiling water over someone when they are asleep is absolutely horrific. To also mix three bags of sugar with the water showed the determination she had to cause serious harm.

"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 and rather than call the emergency services she wasted time by going to a house nine doors away to tell a neighbour, who she wasn’t close to, what she had done.

"Michael was an elderly man who fought for his life after the attack but sadly in the end he passed away. My thoughts continue to be with his family at this incredibly difficult time."

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