Corinna Baines, a 59-year-old woman from Cheshire, murder her husband in his bed in the middle of the night and then walked to a neighbour’s house to confess to the crime just moments later. The woman reportedly mixed two kettles of boiling water with three bags of sugar and threw it on Michael Baines as he was sleeping, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The couple had been married for 38 years, and Corinna was reportedly angry over a family dispute. The nature of the dispute is still unclear.
Michael Baines was 81-years old and died from his injuries at Whiston Hospital after suffering for five additional weeks. There were burns covering more than a third of his body.
After the murder, Corinna walked to a neighbour’s house in the middle of the night and began banging on the door until someone answered.
She reportedly told the neighbour “I’ve hurt him, I’ve hurt him really bad. I think I’ve killed him.”
The neighbour immediately called the police after the confession.
After she was arrested, Corinna Baines began using the name Corinna Smith.
Detective chief inspector Paul Hughes, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, said: “Smith [Baines] killed her husband Michael in such a painful and cruel way. 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.”
When police arrived at the home, they found Mr. Baines crying out in pain with his skin peeling off in the bed.
“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,” the prosecutor added.
On Tuesday, June, 15, a jury found Corinna guilty of murder, and she is due to be sentenced next month, on Friday 9 July.