Guilty - Susan Hughes | Image West Midlands Police
Guilty – Susan Hughes | Image West Midlands Police

A woman who fatally stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife at his Northfield home last year has today been found guilty of his murder.

71 year old Barry Wilkins was found with 11 stab wounds, including injuries to his stomach and shoulder when police were called to his flat in Norrington Road on the evening of 24th November 2013. He was treated at the scene and admitted to hospital where, despite extensive surgery, he sadly died over a month later on New Year’s Eve.

Mr Wilkins’ partner Susan Hughes, 47, of the same address was arrested at the time of the incident and originally charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The charge was changed to murder following his death.

After a month long trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Hughes was found guilty of his murder.  Hughes will be sentenced in October, pending further psychiatric reports.

Hughes’ defence team claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility, stating that she suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. However the jury rejected the defence’s claims and unanimously found her guilty of murder.

Detective Sergeant Harry May, from the Homicide Case Progression Team, said: “Susan showed no remorse since Barry’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: “Today 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.

“Barry’s family can now attempt to put this tragic event behind them and start to rebuild their lives.”

Barry’s sister, Linda Brewer added: “Barry was a lovely kind man and I feel justice has been done today – I would like to thank the police and prosecution team for their hard work.”

Our thoughts are with Barry’s family.

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