Melbourne: A 46-year-old Indian-origin
woman, accused of burning her husband to death, that she
intended to burn only her husband`s genitals so that he would
not ditch her for another woman, a witness told a top
Australian court today.
Witness John Chandler told the South Australian
Supreme Court that Rajini Narayan said she started the fire in
her family`s home which caused the death of her husband Satish
Narayan in 2008.
The 46-year-old woman has been accused of pouring
petrol over her husband and setting him on fire because she
believed he was cheating on her.
Chandler said after the blaze took hold of the
suburban Unley townhouse, he saw the Narayan family standing
He said the accused told him she was sorry and that
she started the fire. When he told her not to worry, he said
she responded by telling him he didn`t understand what she was
"She said: `No, no, you don`t understand. I thought my
husband was having an affair, I only wanted to burn his penis.
I wanted to disfigure his penis so no other woman would want
to look at it`," Chandler was quoted as saying to the court by
Under cross-examination Chandler was questioned about
when he had first related this exact information to the
police. Narayan suffered burns to 75 per cent of his body and
died in hospital several weeks later.
The fire also caused serious damage to the townhouse
but there were no other injuries.
In other evidence on Wednesday, Mr Chandler`s wife
Margaret told how she heard a scream and glass breaking before
she fled outside to see flames coming from the building.
She also told of seeing the Narayan family outside and
said at that stage Satish looked like a pirate.
"His trousers were in shreds," she said.
Chandler said he also looked like he had a white shirt
on but that could have been burnt skin.
"I think he was burnt," she said.
"I knew there was something wrong with the way he
looked." The trial continues.