NEW YORK: A court in southern California on Friday sentenced a 50-year-old woman to life term for cutting off her husband’s penis and disposing it off in a garbage bin.
Catherine Kieu, from Garden Grove near Santa Ana in Orange County, drugged her 60-year-old husband in July 2011 before slicing off his penis with a 10-inch knife and then throwing it off in the kitchen garbage disposal bin.
According to the Orange County district attorney’s office, the woman can apply for parole after seven years.
The woman’s lawyer argued that she was subjected to verbal and sexual abuse by her husband, and that she also suffered from mental problems arising out of her molestation as a child in Vietnam.
The incident happened on the night of July 11 in 2011 after Kieu had a fight with her husband over a friend staying overnight at their place.
According to the prosecution, she drugged her husband by giving him an Ambien-laced dinner. Ambien is a sedative that is used for the treatment of insomnia.
When the man went to sleep, she tied his arms and legs to the bed, pulled down his pants and cut off his penis with the 10-inch kitchen knife. She put the organ in the garbage disposal bin and switched on the disposal so that the severed penis was crushed.
After the crime, the woman called police to tell them that her husband was bleeding. When cops reached her home, her husband told them that it was she who had severed his penis.
After cutting off his penis, the woman reportedly yelled: `You deserve it!’ according to the prosecution.
The man was rushed to hospital, but doctors failed re-attach the severed organ.
In his victim-impact statement at the sentencing of his wife, the man said she has `deprived me of my part of my life and identity. She has torn off my identity as a man. She has caused doubt in my belief in good.’’
The 60-year-old man has not been named.