US woman found guilty of severing hubby's penis

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 30, 2013 08:02 hrs

Washington: A Southern California jury has convicted a US woman of severing her husband's penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal.

On Monday, jurors found Catherine Kieu guilty of charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011 attack; the sentencing is scheduled for June 28, CBS News reported.

During trial, her 60-year-old victim said that his penis could not be reattached and he felt as if he had been murdered.

Deputy District Attorney John Christl told jurors that Kieu, 50, drugged her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before she attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife.

According to the prosecution, Kieu had been jealous and angry about her husband's plans to divorce her as he was seeing his former girlfriend.

Christl said that audio of the incident was captured by a voice-activated recorder Kieu had hidden in the bedroom.

The man, who has not been named, married Kieu after they met at a gym but soon subjected her to verbal and sexual abuse, Kieu's public defender, Frank Bittar, said during trial.

Bittar said that Kieu had mental health problems caused by a childhood full of molestation and other trauma in war-torn Vietnam and her husband also constantly demanded sex in ways that caused her pain. 

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