Arraignment Delayed for Penis-Cutting Wife
January 9, 2012
SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Arraignment was delayed Monday for a 48-year-old woman accused of cutting off his penis and putting it in the garbage disposal.
Catherine Kieu Becker, of Garden Grove, was indicted last Thursday on one felony count of torture and one felony count of aggravated mayhem. She also faces a sentencing enhancement for personal use of a knife.
If convicted, Kieu could get life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Her case has been continued until Feb. 2.
Prosecutors say Kieu spiked her 60-year-old husband’s tofu dinner with drugs on July 11 of last year.
Kieu then allegedly tied him to his bed with nylon ropes and cut off his penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife.
She then threw it in the garbage disposal and turned the disposal on, mutilating the organ, according to prosecutors.
Kieu was the one who called 911, and authorities say she told responding officers that her husband “deserved it.”
Her husband was treated and released from UC Irvine Medical Center, where doctors were unable to re-attach his penis.
Police say they believe Kieu was upset at her husband for filing for divorce after 16 months of marriage.
The pair was married on Dec. 29, 2009, and Kieu’s husband, who has not been identified, filed for divorce in May 2011.
They continued living together in a condominium complex in Garden Grove.
On the night of the alleged attack, the couple had reportedly argued over the possibility of a friends staying at their condo at a later date.
Kieu has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
She remains jailed on $1 million bail.