Jian Chen was sentenced to a minimum of three years and nine months in jail, after she pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Xian Peng at her North Ryde home in February 2011, News.com.au reported.
The court accepted the guilty plea to the lesser charge, and withdrew the murder charge, because Chen was suffering from an “abnormality of the mind” due to mental illness and the belief that Peng was going to take their child to China.
The court heard that Chen had believed that Peng was “a conman,” who wanted to impregnate wealthy woman to get money off them.
The Supreme Court was told that she had “laced” Peng’s soup dinner with sleeping tablets and then castrated him when he woke several hours later, he died in hospital next night from his injuries.
Psychiatric reports tendered to the court said that she now accepted that the killing was wrong.
“But at the time he was a monster to me...his face was twisted,” she told a psychiatrist in an interview done before the sentencing.
Justice Monika Schmidt gave her a 25 percent reduction in sentence for the guilty plea.
Allowing for the time she has already spent in jail, Chen will be eligible for parole in November 2014.