HA NOI (VNS) — A former official of Cau Giay District was sentenced to 12 years in prison for involvement in the murder of 53-year-old Kieu Ngoc Thanh, who was stabbed to death on Pham Van Dong Street in Cau Giay District last August.
According to the Ha Noi People's Supreme Court, five people were involved in the murder, including Le Trung Kien, former deputy head of a committee tasked with personnel-related matters at the Cau Giay District Party Unit, along with four others.
The others involved in the case were identified as Hoang Thanh Tuan, Le Hong Thuan and Nguyen Kim Binh and Nguyen Quoc Van.
Investigations by the police found that Kien agreed to let Binh hire people to beat victim Kieu Hong Thanh due to a money-related dispute between Van and Thanh. Officials said Van and Kien were friends.
Officials said Binh then hired Tuan and Thuan to beat Thanh, paying them VND30 million (US$1,440).
According to officials, Tuan and Thuan used a motorbike to stop Thanh's car on Pham Van Dong Street during the day, where Tuan stabbed him twice, leading to his death. Following this, Thuan gave himself up to police.
The court also sentenced Van to 12 years in prison and Tuan to death. Binh and Thuan were sentenced to 20 years in prison. The defendants also had to pay VND200 million in compensation. — VNS