Wife on trial for murder claims she 'wanted to purify husband's genitals'
Published 08/10/2010 | 14:18
A woman in Australia who has gone on trial for murdering her husband has said she intended to burn only his genitals.
Rajini Narayan, 46, was so enraged after finding emails detailing the affairs of her husband Satish, that she tried to set fire to his penis at their Unley home, near Adelaide.
She told the court: "I was going to purify his penis, leave a mark there and he would remain with me. He would be mine."
She said that in her anger she did not realise that throwing petrol and a candle on her husband would result in his death.
Satish Narayan, an engineer for the Australian navy, suffered burns to more than 75pc of his body in the early hours of 7 December 2008 and died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital days later.
Mrs Narayan has pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming she had been subjected to years of physical and emotional abuse by her husband of 24 years, and had tried to save him and the couple's three children, who were in the house at the time.
The trial continues.