Former Township Woman Convicted In Attack On Ex-Husband

somerset prosecutorA former township woman has been convicted on multiple charges in connection with a 2012 attack on her then-husband that left the man permanently scarred, and partially deaf and blind.

Mauvette D. Mattadeen, 43, was found guilty of 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault and 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes after a two-week trial in Superior Court, Somerville, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mattadeen was found not guilty of 1st Degree Attempted Murder, a second count of 3rd Degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes and 4th Degree Theft., according to the release.

The verdict stems from an April 6, 2012 incident where, police said, Mattadeen attacked her then-husband while he was sleeping in bed. Police said she sprayed an unknown chemical substance, causing his eyes to burn. The man went into the bathroom to rinse the substance from his face in the shower, police said, when Mattadeen poured a pot of hot cooking oil on him.

Mattadeen then confronted the man with a small axe, which he was able to take away from her before leaving the house and calling police.

The man, who was burned over more than 23 percent of his body by the oil, was taken to a local baseball field by ambulance, from where he was airlifted to the St. Barnabus Medical Center Burn Unit, police said. He stayed there for five weeks.

The man has no sight in one eye, cannot hear in one ear and has permanent scarring on his body, police said.

Mattadeen has been in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, since her arrest. After the verdict, Superior Court Judge Robert Reed ordered her held until the sentencing date of Aug. 8, 2014.

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