A Northfield woman has today been sentenced for murder, after stabbing her 71 year old partner eleven times with a kitchen knife just over twelve months ago.
Barry Wilkins was stabbed at the Norrington Road home he shared with Susan Hughes, 48, on 24th November 2013. Barry sustained injuries to his stomach and shoulder and, despite extensive surgery, sadly died in hospital last New Years Eve.
Hughes was found guilty in August after a four week trial at Birmingham Crown Court and today was sentenced to life imprisonment. The judge said that she must serve at least 12 years in prison.
After the incident, Hughes was charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but the charge was changed to murder following his death.
The defence team for Hughes’ had claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility, stating that she suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. However, during the trial, 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 has shown 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: “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.
“Barry’s family can now attempt to put this tragic event behind them and try to rebuild their lives.”
Our thoughts are with Barry's family and we wish them all the best.