|The defendants at the court. — Photo vov.vn
HCM City (VNS) — A dog thief was yesterday sentenced to death for killing three people, while he and his accomplices were attempting to steal dogs.
En route to the local market to sell three stolen dogs on June 14 last year, Ho Van Hieu, 20, from Hooc Mon District, was spotted by three residents, who had chased him on a motorbike to make him stop.
Hieu reportedly used a power gun to shoot the right arm of Nguyen Minh Phuong, the man seated in the middle. The electric shock had forced Phuong and the man seated him, Pham Nguyen Quoc Huu, off the bike.
The two men were later rushed to the hospital but had died shortly after.
Meanwhile, the motorbike driver Huynh Kim Bao had lost control and crashed into a resident's house on the same road. He had died on the spot.
Following the accident, Hieu and his accomplices Le Minh Hau, 20, Ho Thanh An, 20, and Pham Ngoc Thuan, 28, had sold the dogs for VND960,000 (US$44).
The group had surrendered before the police two days later.
Meanwhile, Hau was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while An and Thuan were both sentenced to 10 years for thieving. — VNS