Jilted doctor who paid gang to chop off fiance's private parts jailed for six years

Brazil: A jilted doctor who paid a gang to chop off her fiance's penis has been jailed for six years, it has been reported.

Brazilian Myriam Priscilla Castro, 34, ordered the gruesome attack after her boyfriend, Wendel Souza, ended their relationship three days before their wedding.

Ms Castro, a respected doctor from a wealthy family in Juiz de Fora, southeast Brazil, is also believed to have paid for Mr Souza's house to be burned down and his car wrecked.

A court heard how three men, who claimed they were carrying out Ms Castro's orders, snatched Mr Souza the week after the planned wedding and used a knife to slice off his manhood.

Ms Castro's 76-year-old father is also accused of helping his daughter find and contract the men, who were all ex-convicts.

Mr Souza's brother, who was with him at the time, is said to have fainted as witnessed the brutal crime in 2002.

After paying bail Ms Castro went on the run, moving to Barbacena, in Minas Gerais state, and later to the small town of Pirassununga, in the state of S o Paulo, where she continued to work as a family doctor.

Glamorous Ms Castro, who was sentenced to six years in her absense, even married in 2012, was an active member of a local church and went on expensive holidays abroad.

She was finally caught on Tuesday morning as she left her luxurious apartment block to go to work.

The doctor has been transferred to the Estevao Pinto women's prison in Belo Horizonte, where she will serve her sentence.

In a statement, her lawyer Marcelo Chaves, said she maintains her innocence and will appeal.