A woman who stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife has today been jailed for a minimum of 12 years for his murder.
Susan Hughes, 48 of Norrington Road in Northfield, was found guilty in August after a four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. She was sentenced to life imprisonment today (1 December) and must serve at least 12 years in prison.
Barry Wilkins, 71, was stabbed eleven times in total, including injuries to his stomach and shoulder on 24 November last year. Despite having extensive surgery, Barry did not recover and died in hospital five weeks later on New Yearsâ€™ Eve 2013.
Susan was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but after his death charged with his murder.
During the trial, Hughesâ€™ defence team claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility, stating that she suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. However the jury rejected the defenceâ€™s claims and unanimously found her guilty of murder.
Detective Sergeant Harry May, from the Homicide Case Progression Team, said: “Susan has shown no remorse since Barryâ€™s death or during the trial.
“He was a generous man who gave Susan Hughes a roof over her head; she repaid him in this brutal way. In a drunken argument she armed herself with a large kitchen knife and violently attacked Barry in the bedroom.
“Whilst she was attacking him she called the 999 system and whilst on the phone she was heard attacking Barry, physically and verbally abusing him.”
DS May added: “Once again, our thoughts go out to the family for the tragic loss of Barry. He was a loved popular man, liked by all his family and friends.
“Barryâ€™s family can now attempt to put this tragic event behind them and try to rebuild their lives.”