Prosecutors Reveal Motive Behind Wife Allegedly Cutting Off Husband's Penis

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    Jul 13, 2011 11:32 PM GMT
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    GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KTLA) -- A Garden Grove woman is charged with felony torture and aggravated mayhem for allegedly drugging her husband, cutting off his penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal.

    Catherine Kieu, 48 also faces sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife.

    If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

    Her 60-year old husband, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized.

    He is said to be "in good spirits" despite his ordeal.

    Meantime, prosecutors say the motive behind the attack was an argument over having "friends staying at the residence."

    Garden Grove police were sent to the home in the 14000 block of Flower Street around 9 p.m. Monday night after a woman called 911 for a medical emergency, according to Lt. Jeff Nightengale. When officers arrived, they found a man bleeding from the crotch area.

    The woman, identified as Catherine Kieu Becker, 48, the victim's wife, had put an unknown type of poison and/or drug into her husband's food to make him sleepy, according to Nightengale.

    She then tied him to the bed. When he woke up, she cut off his penis with a knife, investigators said. She then tossed the penis in the garbage disposal and turned it on.

    The victim was transported to UCI Medical Center in Irvine where he underwent emergency surgery and is listed in serious condition.

    Investigators say the couple was married, but going through a divorce. The initial investigation determined that Becker made dinner for her husband.

    He told detectives that he thought there was something wrong with his food.

    He went to lie down and woke up tied to his bed.

    His wife then grabbed the victim's penis and cut it off.

    She called 911 and told responding officers that he "deserved it."

    The couple was married on December 29, 2009.

    They separated in April and the victim filed for divorce in May citing "irreconcilable differences."

    Nightengale said there was no history of domestic violence between the pair.
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    Jul 13, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    Yikes. Did she turn the disposal on? icon_surprised.gif