A man who witnessed his wife being raped faces eight years in prison for chopping off the attacker’s penis.
The 27-year-old husband was on his way home when he saw Dmitry Ivchenko strangling his wife by the throat and raping her in Shevchenkovo, eastern Ukraine.
Ivchenko covered her mouth with his hand to prevent her from screaming and dragged her into bushes, according to police.
But he faces a shorter sentence than the husband who punched Ivchenko on the head before grabbing his Swiss army knife and chopping his penis off, the mail online reports.
The husband’s attorney Dmitry Spaskin said to local media: ‘The husband lost the ability to control his actions. He did not understand what he was doing.’
The rapist’s screams and the victim’s sobbing woke up all the residents in the area who rushed to the scene.
The following morning the victim’s husband handed himself in to police and said he ‘can’t explain’ what happened to him at that moment.
The rapist, who is facing five years in jail, was taken to Shevchenko District Hospital and underwent surgery.
Doctors have not confirmed if they will be able to reattach the penis or if Ivchenko will regain full functionality of the organ.
Many female residents of the village have voiced their support for the husband and said they believe the rapist would have continued to assault girls had his penis not been chopped off.
Prosecutor Tetiana Vasileva said: ‘The rapist said that he was dumped by his girlfriend a week ago. On the day of the incident, he drank a litre of vodka. He is refusing to say more so far.’