A woman killed her husband by pouring boiling water mixed with sugar over his head as he slept.

Corinna Baines 'brutally and painfully' killed her husband, a court heart

Baines, 59, was today found guilty of murdering her 81-year-old husband at their home in Highfield Road, in Neston, a town in the Wirral, the Liverpool Echo reports.

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The mum killed Michael Baines, on July 14, 2020, after a family dispute. The pair had been married for 38 years.

The day before the attack took place, Corinna Baines was described as angry and very upset at a rumour circulating about her husband that she believed to be true, according to police.

On the day of the incident she returned home and filled a bucket from her garden with boiling water and mixed it with three kilos of sugar.

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

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’.

Officers went to the home and found Michael in excruciating pain and whimpering in bed with the skin on his right arm and hand peeling off.

He was taken to hospital and remained in the burns unit for two weeks in a stable condition before he deteriorated and died later.

Corinna Baines, also known as Smith, was initially charged with grievous bodily harm but after her husband's death she was charged with murder.

Today a jury found her guilty of murder following a five-day trial at Chester Crown Court.

At the time of the murder, Corinna Baines was also her husband's carer.

Both had children from previous relationships and one son together.

On the day before the killing, there was a dispute between Mrs Baines, her daughter and Mr Baines, our sister title the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Mrs Baines murdered her husband shortly after midnight on the morning of July 14, after filling a garden bucket with boiling water and mixing in sugar.

She boiled two kettles' worth of water and added three bags of sugar into the bucket.

Mrs Baines added the sugar to the water to make the liquid thicker and stickier so that it would cause greater damage.

The contents of the bucket were then poured over Mr Baines when he was lying in bed and he received burns to more than a third of his body.

Corinna Baines was found guilty of murder following a trial at Chester Crown Court

He was later taken to Whiston Hospital Burns Unit, was stabilised in the critical care unit and later in the high dependency unit.

He was in hospital for five weeks in total, being treated for his injuries and for various complications but died on August 18, 2020.

Chester Crown Court heard that Mrs Baines had been shopping with her daughter the day before the killing.

Her husband rang her later in the day and seemed impatient for her to come home and her daughter criticised his treatment of her.

Mrs Baines was said to be livid at the time but appeared to have calmed down when her daughter and her son-in-law took her home later.

However, as the evening went on, she rang other relatives to talk about what had happened and eventually carried out the murder.

A witness who lived near to the couple said Mrs Baines left the house and went into a neighbour's house sobbing and saying: "I've hurt him, I've hurt him really bad. I think I’ve killed him."

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When police attended the scene they found Mr Baines in the house, moaning and in extreme pain.

Mrs Baines changed her story initially but then admitted what she had done when her husband died, but said she had done it when she had lost control.

She will be sentenced on July 9, 2021.

Crown advocate Jayne Morris of CPS Mersey Cheshire said: "Corinna Baines killed Michael Baines in a particularly brutal and painful way.

"She confessed to the manslaughter of her husband but the CPS refused to accept that. The CPS case was that her actions were deliberate and considered.

"She was clearly upset about the dispute between herself, her daughter and her husband but the evidence demonstrated that she was in control and acted in anger when she poured the lethal mixture over her husband and wanted to extract vengeance.

"The Crown Prosecution Service said she intended either to kill Michael or to cause him really serious harm and so pursued a prosecution for murder.

"The jury have agreed with us and found her guilty. This is a tragic case that has devastated the family of Mr and Mrs Baines and our thoughts remain with them."

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Directorate, said: "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. 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."