Woman sets husband's penis alight to stop him cheating, court told
* By Jordanna Schriever
* From: AdelaideNow
* September 28, 2010 6:01AM
RAJINI Narayan loved her husband Satish so much that she believed setting fire to his penis would stop him from cheating, a court has heard.
Planning to confront her husband, Narayan instead "snapped", dousing her husband's back in petrol before setting him alight.
The 46-year-old has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband at the couple's Unley home, near Adelaide, in the early hours of December 7, 2008.
Mr Narayan, an engineer who designed ships for the Australian navy, suffered burns to more than 75 per cent of his body and died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital days later.
Yesterday, the South Australian Supreme Court heard the jealous wife had discovered her husband's affair then set fire to him and the family's home.
In defence of Narayan, Lindy Powell, QC, told the jury Narayan confronted her husband, who was lying in the couple's bed, shortly after he gave her his email password and she found emails detailing the affair.
"She said: You say you loved her. I'm going to burn your penis. I'm going to tell your family what you have done," Ms Powell said.
She said the words were "spoken from Narayan's heart" because of a "genuine, if wildly misguided" belief she would keep her husband.
"He rolled away from her, turning his back on her. He said: `No you won't, you fat, dumb bitch'."
"In that split second in that highly emotional state, Narayan threw the petrol on her husband.