Northfield woman convicted of murdering partner

By Beth Sharp Wednesday 06 August 2014 Updated: 07/08 22:48

A NORTHFIELD woman has been found guilty of murdering her partner by stabbing him 11 times with a kitchen knife.

Susan Hughes, of Norrington Road, knifed Barry Wilkins, 71, in his stomach and shoulder on November 24, last year and was convicted by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) after a four-week trial.

The 48-year-old will be sentenced on October 3 pending psychiatric reports.

The court heard how after the attack Barry had spent five weeks in hospital fighting for his life but despite having extensive surgery he did not recover and died on New Years' Eve.

Hughes was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but after Barry's dealth was charged with murder.

During the trial, Hughes’ defence team claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility stating she suffered from Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder - the jury rejected the claims and unanimously found her guilty of murder.

Det Sgt Harry May, from West Midlands Police's homicide case progression team, said in a drunken argument Hughes had armed herself with a large kitchen knife and violently attacked Barry in the bedroom.

He added how while the incident was taking place she had called 999 and was heard attacking and verbally abusing her partner.

"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.

"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," he said.

Linda Brewer, Barry's sister, said: "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."

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