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August 13, 2014
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Woman throws hot oil on hubby - Said to have been frustrated with abuse
André Williams, STAR Writer

A Jamaican woman found guilty of pouring hot oil over her husband was sentenced last Friday in Somerset, New Jersey, United States of America, to six years in prison after which she will be deported to Jamaica, THE STAR understands.

Although prosecutors had asked for a maximum sentence of 10 years because of the heinous crime, Mauvette Mattadeen, 43, received a lesser sentence from Superior Court judge Robert Reed because she had been the victim of domestic abuse.

According to an article posted on www.mycentraljersey.com, a jury found Mattadeen guilty of aggravated assault on June 12, but cleared her of attempted murder charges in the April 6, 2012 attack of her husband, Leacroft Mattadeen, at their home.

THE STAR gathered that in a 'preplanned-attack,' Mattadeen sprayed a chemical into the eyes of her sleeping husband. When he went into the shower to wash the chemical from his eyes, she poured hot oil on him, causing him to suffer second and third-degree burns over his body.

Further reports are that when police responded, they found Leacroft on the porch of a neighbour's home and his face appeared to be 'melting.'

He had lost sight in one eye and hearing in one ear, prosecutors alleged, adding that he has since undergone multiple surgeries.

Lawyers representing the convicted Mattadeen argued that she has a 'long history' of being a victim of abuse both in Jamaica and by her husband who exercised "abusive control" and that she acted out in 'extreme frustration and desperation.

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