A university professor in Stockholm was arrested after slicing off his wife’s lips. The 52-year-old man cut off his wife’s lower lip as punishment for her divorce request.
A prosecutor in the case said:
[The man] did it so that she would never be able to kiss again and said he’ll ‘get four years, but [she's] getting a life sentence.’
The man “flew into a jealous rage” after his wife asked for a divorce.
He waited until she went to sleep, then took a scalpel to her face and sliced off almost her entire lower lip. He then ate a piece of the lip he cut off.
Several plastic surgeons have tried to rebuild the lip but they all concluded that the injury was permanent.
The man was charged with aggravated assault and is facing up to ten years in prison. He was originally set to be charged with attempted murder, but his charge was reduced after police determined that murder was not his goal.
Police believe that it was not attempted murder because “he helped her call police and remained there until help arrived.”