Mum who poured boiling sugar water over neighbour spared jail

Mother-of-two, 27, who poured kettle of boiling sugar water over her neighbour leaving her with facial burns and scarring is spared jail so that she can look after her children

  • Chloe Walsh left her victim with facial burns after tipping boiling water on head
  • Kimberly Caples was unable to nurse her three-month-old baby as a result
  • Walsh was spared jail as court heard she is the primary carer for her two children

A mum caused horrific injuries after pouring a kettle of boiling sugar water over her neighbour during a spat, yet walked free from court because of her young children.

Chloe Walsh left her victim with facial burns after throwing the boiling water over her head.

Kimberly Caples, 39, was unable to nurse her three-month-old baby as a result of her injuries.

Another neighbour said they ‘heard raised voices’ and ‘as an argument was taking place Ms Walsh came out of her address with a white kettle in her hand’

Walsh, a 27-year-old mum-of-two, was spared jail after a court heard she is the primary carer for her two children.

Martine Snowdon, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court, said Walsh pleaded guilty to wounding without intent.

She said the incident took place on April 27 last year, when the victim went to visit Cheryl Morrison, who also lived in the same area as Walsh.

Ms Caples went to Walsh’s address after discovering a living room window had been damaged and Ms Snowdon said Walsh ‘felt genuinely fearful for her safety’.

Another neighbour said they ‘heard raised voices’ and ‘as an argument was taking place Walsh came out of her address with a white kettle in her hand’.

They said they heard Ms Walsh say ‘watch out’.

Ms Caples said she then ‘felt boiling hot water hit the right side of her face and chest’ which had sugar in it, although a forensic scientist said the presence of sugar did not increase the intensity of the injury in this case.

Ms Caples was taken to hospital after being left with ‘facial burns to the right side of her face and scalp’ which resulted in scarring.

Walsh, who has no previous convictions, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in interview after she was arrested at the scene.

She later admitted wounding without intent on the day of her trial.

Ms Snowdon said in a statement Ms Caples ‘expresses how painful and distressing the injuries were’ and ‘how difficult it made in particular the care of her three-month-old’.

She said she was unable to nurse her baby ‘in the way she would like’.

Ms Snowdon said the incident was ‘fairly quick moving’ and ‘impulsive’.

John Rowan, defending, said Walsh is taking medication for manic depression and anxiety.

Mr Rowan said Walsh, of Pentland Road, Kirkby, ‘remembers it with a great degree of shame, a great degree of remorse and a great degree of regret’.

He said she wishes she could ‘turn back the clock’ so she could ‘deal with the situation in a wholly different way’ and said she has since moved away from the area.

Mr Rowan said when Walsh was 15 she was the victim of a stabbing which ‘perhaps has a substantial effect on her mental health’ and added she suffers from PTSD.

He said she has has two young sons, aged two and seven, and added her eldest son is ‘very close to her’.

Mr Rowan said: ‘In my submission there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation in this case.’

He added she had a ‘strong work ethic’ and said there would be a ‘significant detrimental impact upon dependents’.

The judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, sentencing, said it was not only a serious case which ‘could have been far more serious’ but ‘also a very sad case’.

The judge said: ‘It is sad someone of your age, a mother with all the issues you have had in your life and the great efforts you have made to overcome those issues, should find yourself in the dock of a criminal court facing sentence for such a serious matter.’

Martine Snowdon, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court (pictured), said Walsh pleaded guilty to wounding without intent

The judge said it was ‘not suggested this was premeditated or planned’ and was ‘clearly something done in the spur of the moment’.

He said there was ‘strong personal mitigation’ and a ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’ and added ‘a custodial sentence would have a significant harmful impact on others’.

The judge said: ‘I have been just about persuaded in this case your sentence of imprisonment can be suspended.’

Walsh was handed 18 months suspended for 20 months and ordered to complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements and 150 hours of unpaid work.

The judge imposed a five year restraining order preventing Walsh from contacting her victim.

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