Wife cut off husband's penis and put it in waste disposal, court told

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Prosecutors in the United States say an argument over house guests led a woman to cut off her estranged husband's penis and put it into a waste food shredder.

Catherine Kieu, 48, from California, was charged on Wednesday with torture in a case that could land her behind bars for life. She appeared briefly in court in a navy blue jail jumpsuit, hiding her face with her long, dark hair. She was denied bail.

Kieu, pictured, and her husband were still living together despite her husband having filed for divorce in May, and they argued before the attack about friends staying, authorities said. Police say that on Monday Kieu spiked a meal and served it to the victim.

The 60-year-old man started to feel sick and went to lie down, then awoke tied to the bed as Kieu attacked him with a 10-inch kitchen knife, police said. She then put the penis into a rubbish disposal unit that shreds food waste. Police did not release the victim's name.

He underwent surgery and was listed in good condition at University of California at Irvine Medical Center, hospital spokesman John Murray said. He declined to say whether the penis was reattached. "It's one of the worst things you could do to a person short of killing him," said Susan Kang Schroeder, an official for the prosecution. AP