Wife convicted for severing man's penis

2013-04-30 12:08
This image shows a booking photo of Catherine Kieu Becker who stands accused of drugging her estranged husband, tying him to a bed, cutting off his penis and putting it through a garbage disposal. (Orange County District Attorney, AP)

This image shows a booking photo of Catherine Kieu Becker who stands accused of drugging her estranged husband, tying him to a bed, cutting off his penis and putting it through a garbage disposal. (Orange County District Attorney, AP)

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Los Angeles - A southern California woman was convicted of torture and mayhem on Monday by a jury that found she had drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed, cut off his penis and threw it in a garbage disposal, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Catherine Kieu, 50, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is scheduled for sentencing on 28 June.

The attack occurred in July 2011 after Kieu argued with her estranged husband, 60. According to prosecutors, she served him dinner laced with sleeping pills before tying him to the bed and severing his penis, which she placed in a garbage disposer.

Kieu's attorneys argued that her husband had verbally and sexually abused her and that she had mental issues after being molested as a child in Vietnam.

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