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Woman cut off husband's penis after fight over friends, prosecutors say

July 13, 2011 |  1:09 pm

Ife Orange County prosecutors charged a Garden Grove woman Wednesday with two felony counts for allegedly cutting off her husband's penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal after drugging him and tying him to a bed.

Catherine Kieu, 48 faces one felony count each of torture and aggravated mayhem with 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.

Kieu has been held without bail since her arrest Monday night. Her arraignment is scheduled Wednesday in Westminster, where she is expected to plead not guilty.

The 48-year-old real estate broker lived with her 60-year-old husband, identified by prosecutors only as John Doe, at a Garden Grove apartment.

Prosecutors allege Kieu got into an argument with her husband about "friends staying at the residence," according to a statement by prosecutors.

The husband told police she served him dinner and he went to bed around 9 p.m. after feeling tired. While he was sleeping, Kieu "tied the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes," prosecutors said.

The victim told authorities that when he woke up, Kieu pulled his pants "grabbing the victim’s penis and severing it with a knife." Kieu then took the penis to the kitchen and threw it in the garbage disposal, "turning it on, and mutilating the organ."

Kieu then called 911. Garden Grove Police Lt. Jeff Nightengale said Kieu told officers that her husband "deserved it." The man was rushed to the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange where he underwent emergency surgery. The severed organ could not be reattached.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Catherine Kieu Becker. Credit: Garden Grove Police Department via KTLA -TV

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