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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Woman Burns Penis Of Dozing Ex-Spouse

A woman in southeastern Moscow set fire to her former husband's penis while he lay helpless in an alcohol-induced slumber, a police spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The 41-year-old woman faces up to three years in prison if charged and convicted of deliberately inflicting the injuries, said Tatyana Korolyova, a spokeswoman for police in the city's Southeastern Administrative District.

The woman, whom police would only identify by her first name, Anna, was detained a few hours after the incident Thursday at the apartment that she shares with her former husband, Nikolai.

Korolyova described the police version of events: On Thursday, Nikolai, bedridden after a car crash that left him with a broken heel, asked Anna to fetch a bottle of vodka from the kiosk. She returned with the vodka, which he proceeded to drink in front of the television. A combination of the heat and the alcohol quickly lulled Nikolai to sleep.

Choosing her moment, Anna approached, doused Nikolai with alcohol from head to toe, and attempted to set him on fire with a match. Her attempt failed because the alcohol had evaporated by the time she lit the match.

She then fashioned a rudimentary torch from a newspaper, set fire to it and applied it to his groin.

Nikolai was admitted to the hospital with light burns covering 30 percent of his body, including his groin, stomach and left arm. He was released after a few days.

The couple had been living together for 19 years but divorced in 2003 after Anna grew tired of Nikolai's extramarital affairs, the Tvoi Den newspaper reported Tuesday, identifying the couple as Irina and Dmitry. The former husband regularly watched erotic films on television, which stirred Anna's fury, and he fell asleep in front of one such film Thursday.

"It was monstrously painful," Nikolai told the newspaper. "I don't know what I did to deserve such punishment."

The newspaper carried pictures of a shaven-headed man lying heavily bandaged in a hospital bed.

"His sex organs took the heaviest blow," an unidentified hospital nurse was quoted as saying.