Attorneys for Catherine Kieu Becker tried to argue on appeal that the 51-year-old Garden Grove woman should not have been convicted of torture last year because there was “insufficient evidence she intended to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering” on her husband, whose penis she sliced off before tossing it into the garbage disposal, turning the appliance on and telling cops he “deserved” it.
And that, ladies and germs, is why The Most Ballsy Court Move of the Decade is being awarded to the appeal attorneys for Catherine Kieu Becker. Hell, I suffered cruel or extreme pain and suffering just reading about what she did all over again–cruel and extreme physical and emotional pain.
In its rejection of the appeal, a three-justice panel of the state's 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that Kieu telling investigators that her husband “deserved” to have his member removed permanently showed she intended to inflict pain.
“The jury could reasonably infer defendant's repeated phrase, 'You deserve it,' while the victim was in excruciating pain meant defendant intended to cause that pain,” reads the ruling.
Surgeons were unable to reattach the man's penis after it was fetched out of the garbage disposal that tragic July 2011 night, but they did make it so the fellow can pee. He'd suffered the ultimate punishment because he was trying to divorce the lady. One prays he was ushered to the fast lane at divorce court.
Orange County's answer to Lorena Bobbitt did win one point on appeal, however. Kieu's attorney argued that she was entitled to 108 days of credit for good conduct while in custody awaiting trial. The justices agreed, and she will now be able to petition for a parole hearing 108 days sooner than she would have without the appeal. She was sentenced to seven years to life in state prison in June of last year.
Better start un-sharpening those knives now, fellas.
OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the alternative newsweekly’s first calendar editor.