Woman Who Cut Off Hubby's Penis and Threw It in Garbage Disposal Found Guilty
A woman on trial for slashing her estranged husband's penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal—and giving it a whirl—has been found guilty. Catherine Kieu, 50, was convicted today of aggravated mayhem and torture, reports City News Service. The jury returned the verdict after deliberating just a few hours this morning.
Prosecutors say Kieu carefully planned out the July 11, 2011 attack.
During closing arguments, Kieu's public defender, Frank Bittar, contended his client suffered from serious mental issues since she had been molested in childhood and traumatized during her childhood in a war-torn Vietnam. Additionally, he characterized Kieu as a "doormat" for her husband.
Further, Bittar said Kieu's husband constantly demanded sex from his wife, despite knowing it caused her physical pain and anguish.
Deputy District Attorney John Christl argued Kieu would not accept her husband's request for a divorce, with drastic consequences: "By refusing to accept it, she committed a vicious act. She took away his manhood."
Ultimately, Kieu put sleep medication in her husband's dinner, then cut off his genitals. She put the severed organ in the garbage disposal, and ran the appliance. Kieu reportedly told police her husband "deserved it."
Kieu faces up to life in prison for her crimes.
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