A southern California
woman convicted of cutting off the penis of her
then-husband and throwing it into a garbage
disposal was given a life sentence Friday with the
possibility of parole after seven years,
Catherine Kieu, 50, of Garden Grove, California,
and her husband were going through a divorce at
the time of the July 2011 incident. The couple
married in December 2009, but in May 2011 the
husband filed for divorce, which was granted in
August 2011, according to Orange County court
Kieu laced her husband’s dinner with the sleep
medication Ambien after they had an argument
over a friend possibly staying with them at a later
date, the Orange County district attorney’s office
said in a statement Friday.
When the husband went to sleep, Kieu tied his
legs and arms to the four corners of the bed, and
when he awoke, she pulled down his pants and
severed his penis with a knife, prosecutors
Kieu then threw the severed penis into
the garbage disposal, turned it on and
mutilated it, prosecutors alleged. Kieu
then called 911 about how her
husband was bleeding, and he was
taken to the hospital for emergency
surgery, authorities said.
The victim’s name has not been made
public because he is a victim of spousal
abuse, police said.
The ex-husband, 60, described the trauma in an
impact statement during Friday’s sentencing,
according to a statement by the prosecutor’s
“The convicted (person) viciously deprived me of
part of my life and identity,” the ex-husband told
the court. “Then, as is routine in cases of violence
that involve something sexual, the victim must
endure, at the hands of the defense, a second
attack. This was a cruel and calculated violation
of a person’s body and mind. I now struggle with
what is before me. She has torn off my identity as
a man. She has caused doubt in my belief in good.
She has betrayed my trust in people.”
On April 29, a jury convicted Kieu of one felony
count of torture, one felony count of aggravated
mayhem, and a sentencing enhancement for the
personal use of a knife, prosecutors said.
The Vietnam-born Kieu is also known as Que Anh
Tran, court papers said. She and her ex-husband
had no children, divorce papers said.
During the trial, Kieu’s attorney said she suffered
mental health issues, including depression, and
the lawyer argued she shouldn’t be found guilty,
the prosecutor’s office said.
The Orange County case was widely compared to
the1993 attack against John Wayne Bobbitt by his
then-wife, Lorena, who cut off his penis with an
8-inch carving knife while he slept.
Lorena Bobbitt then drove away, tossing the
penis out her car window. The penis was
eventually found and surgically reattached.
Lorena Bobbitt was later found innocent by
reason of insanity. During her testimony, she
tearfully described her life at the hands of what
she described as her abusive husband.
In a separate trial, John Wayne Bobbitt was
acquitted of sexually assaulting his wife. He later
made adult films.
Piled from: cnn.com