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Woman guilty of severing estranged husband's penis

By Gillian Flaccus

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:58 a.m. HST, Apr 29, 2013

SANTA ANA, Calif. » A woman was convicted today of drugging her estranged husband, cutting off his penis and tossing it in the garbage disposal.

Jurors found Catherine Kieu guilty of torture and aggravated mayhem for the July 11, 2011, attack.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 28.

"This woman went to extreme lengths to destroy this man's manhood by placing it in the garbage disposal," Deputy District Attorney John Christl said in an interview after the verdict. "She did this out of vengeance, vanity and jealousy."

During trial, the 60-year-old victim testified that his penis could not be reattached and that he felt as though he had been murdered.

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.

The man, who is not being named by the AP because of the nature of the attack, married Kieu after they met at a gym but soon subjected Kieu to verbal and sexual abuse, Kieu's public defender, Frank Bittar, said during trial.

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, Bittar said.

Bittar did not immediately return a call seeking comment after the verdict.

The prosecutor discounted that argument.

"I think the jury was able to see through the evidence," Christl said after the verdict. "There were no facts or evidence presented other than the defendant's own statements to her doctor about sexual abuse."

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Drugged tofu, a 10-inch kitchen knife, and the garbage disposal. Sounds like the making of a Hollywood movie.
on April 29,2013 | 11:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Well, guess who won't be out screwing around anymore?
on April 29,2013 | 12:11PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
on April 29,2013 | 02:24PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Eating tofu can be hazardous to your health.
on April 29,2013 | 12:31PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Serious shrinkage!
on April 29,2013 | 01:46PM
Sunny wrote:
Hurts just thinking about this!
on April 29,2013 | 02:39PM
iwanaknow wrote:
You play with fire if you scorn a woman?
on April 29,2013 | 02:57PM
2disgusted2 wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on April 29,2013 | 07:34PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Is this dorothy laam from Olelo?
on April 29,2013 | 09:27PM
romei wrote:
Yowza... !!! what will this man do now and this woman perhaps will spend the rest of her life in prison. sheeeeesh!!
on April 29,2013 | 03:36PM
gobows wrote:
sheesh! that lady looks mean!
on April 29,2013 | 03:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
I have known meaner.
on April 29,2013 | 04:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
2disgusted2, touched a nerve, huh?
on April 29,2013 | 09:04PM
Cricket_Amos wrote:
A sexual hate crime of this nature deserves the death penalty.
on April 30,2013 | 07:04AM
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