A Southern California jury convicted a woman who was accused of drugging her estranged husband before severing his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal. Jurors found Catherine Kieu guilty Monday of charges of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011, attack.
trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be
reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered.
District Attorney John Christl told jurors that Kieu, 50, drugged the
man's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before
attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
Kieu was jealous and
angry about her husband's plans to divorce her because he was seeing his
ex-girlfriend, the prosecution said.
Audio of the incident was captured by a voice-activated recorder Kieu had hidden in the bedroom, Christl said.
man married Kieu after they met at a gym but soon subjected Kieu to
verbal and sexual abuse, Kieu's public defender, Frank Bittar, said
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,