Wife Cuts Off Husband's Penis: Attack Caught On Tape; Why Did Catherine Kieu Put Her Husband's Penis In The Garbage Disposal?
In July 2011, Catherine Kieu of Orange County, Calif., cut off her husband's penis with a 10-inch knife while he slept. After dismembering her husband's member, she threw the severed penis in the garbage disposal. She was arrested after she dialed 911. Her trial began Wednesday.
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Once her husband fell asleep around 8:10 p.m., Kieu tied him to the bed and cut off his penis. "You deserve it," she reportedly told him, repeating the phrase three times.
Kieu and her 60-year-old husband were estranged after the husband began to see another woman. The couple continued to live together, although the husband, who has not been named given the sexual nature of the crime, filed for divorce from Kieu.
That's when Kieu bugged the couple's home with audio recording devices in order to catch her husband cheating on her. While the recording devices never picked up any infidelity, they did record Kieu's attack on her husband, including the moment she told him he deserved it.
The man was taken to the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange after Kieu called 911. Surgery to replace his dismembered penis was unsuccessful, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"I will never have a sex life again," he said in court.
The charges against Kieu include one felony count each of torture and aggravated mayhem. If convicted, she could spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The trial involving the woman who cut off her husband's penis began Wednesday and is expected to last two weeks. During the first day of the trial, Kieu's defense attorney, Deputy Public Defender Frank Bittar, told the jury that Kieu was a victim of sexual and verbal abuse, and that the husband was over-sexual and forced painful sex positions on Kieu.
"In Catherine's mind, she severed his penis because she wanted him to stop hurting her with his penis," the defender said during the court hearing, according to Daily Mail.
The Los Angeles Times reports that during the trial's opening statements, Kieu's attorney pointed to Kieu's traumatizing childhood in war-torn Vietnam as part of the reason for her mental breakdown, which eventually led to her dismembering her husband.
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