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Penis fire-accused to answer charge

A jealous wife who allegedly set her husband’s penis on fire will answer a murder charge in January. Rajini Narayan, 44, appeared briefly in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Friday charged with murder, arson and endangering life. The mother of three allegedly set fire to the genitals of her husband, Satish Narayan, in December last year. Mr Narayan suffered major burns and died several weeks later. The fire also gutted the family’s suburban Unley home leaving a damage bill of about $1 million. A previous court hearing heard Narayan had told neighbours: “I’m a jealous wife, his penis should belong to me. I just wanted to burn his penis so it belongs to me and no one else ... I didn’t mean this to happen.” In court on Friday, defence counsel Lindy Powell, QC, asked for a delay in the date for her client to answer the charge as discussions were still under way with the prosecution. Magistrate Alf Grasso set down January 22 for Narayan’s next appearance. Bail was continued.

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