US woman drugged husband, severed genitals

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A California prosecutor says a jealous wife yelled "You deserve it'' before severing her estranged husband's penis with a kitchen knife and throwing it in a rubbish disposal.

The Orange County Register reports a jury heard opening statements today in the case of 50-year-old Catherine Kieu, who is accused of drugging her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and tying him to a bed before the attack.

Deputy District Attorney John Christl says audio of the July 11, 2011 incident was captured by a voice-activated recorder Kieu had hidden in the bedroom.

Deputy Public Defender Frank Bittar says Kieu's severely traumatic childhood in war-torn Vietnam, including rape by her older brother, caused mental illness that bars her from a mayhem or torture conviction.

- AP

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