A furious British mother was sentenced to life in prison for killing 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, as he slept in their bed last year, according to reports. He suffered burns over a third of his body and died weeks later from his injuries.
Prosecutors told a local court that the sugar “made the liquid more viscous, thicker and sticky, so it stays on the skin and causes more damage.”
Smith, reportedly “lively” and “fuming” at the news of his spouse̵
He died at the hospital five weeks later after repeated surgery and skin grafts.
Smith’s daughter claimed Baines had sexually abused her and her brother “for many years when they were children.” His brother, Craig, committed suicide in 2007 and had been jailed for assault.
He had told his mother that the man he attacked was a “pedophile” who “had sexually assaulted him,” according to reports.
She will serve at least 12 years in prison before she can be considered for parole.