Jealous wife set husband’s genitals on fire
Published 06/01/2009 | 01:10
A wife who set her husband’s genitals on fire because she suspected him of an affair has been charged with his murder.
Rajini Narayan, 44, confessed to neighbours in Adelaide, Australia, that she carried out the revenge attack last month after she saw him hug another woman.
She was initially charged with endangering life and arson but the charges were upgraded to murder after her 47-year-old husband, Satish, died from his injuries last week.
Prosecutor Lucy Boord told an Australian court that Narayan told neighbours she was a “jealous wife” but she had not meant to kill him when she doused the sleeping man’s genitals with an alcohol-based solvent and then set him on fire.
Ms Boord said Narayan admitted: “I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn’t mean this to happen.”
The husband jumped out of bed and knocked over the bottle of alcohol, causing the fire to spread and resulting in nearly £500,000 damage to their house and an adjacent property.
Narayan was remanded in custody for psychological assessment.
She has been charged with murder, arson and three counts of endangering life, as the couple’s three children were at home during the incident.