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Woman convicted of murdering her boyfriend blames her menstrual period

By Mason White 12:51 PM December 5, 2014
Susan Hughes 

By: Tanya Malhotra
A woman who was arrested, charged and convicted of murder, told a court that she suffered Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder when she stabbed her boyfriend, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the woman who stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison.

Susan Hughes, 48, of Norrington Road in Northfield, was found guilty after a four week trial at the Birmingham Crown Court. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve at least 12 years in prison.

Barry Wilkins, 71, was stabbed eleven times, including injuries to his stomach and shoulder. Despite having extensive surgery, Barry did not recover and died at a hospital five weeks after the attack.

Susan was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but after his death, she was charged with murder.

During the trial, Hughes’ defense team claimed a loss of control and diminished responsibility, stating that she suffered from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. However the jury rejected the defense’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.”