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Binh Phuoc mass murder trial to begin soon

Update: November, 05/2015 - 15:09
A representative of Binh Phuoc People's Prosecuracy announces verdict and proposed charges for two suspects in Binh Phuoc mass murder yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo

BINH PHUOC (VNS) — Binh Phuoc People's Prosecuracy plans to bring murder and robbery charges against three persons for the murders of six persons, the prosecuracy said at a press conference yesterday.

The six victims were members of a wealthy family who were found dead in July in the southern province.

The prosecutors also propose to ask for the death penalty for the suspects, Nguyen Hai Duong, 24; Tran Dinh Thoai, 27; and Vu Van Tien, 24.

The provincial People's Court said it would begin a public trial in the mass murder case later this month.

On July 7, the six victims were found dead at a house in Minh Hung Commune in Binh Phuoc's Chon Thanh District.

According to the police, the victims -- Le Van My, 48; his wife Nguyen Thi Anh Nga, 42; daughter Le Thi Anh Linh, 22; and son Le Quoc Anh, 15; as well as nephew Du Minh Vy, 14; and niece Du Ngoc To Nhu, 18 – were fatally stabbed in their necks and chests.

The bodies of five of them were found tied up in their rooms, while Vy, the first victim, was killed in the front yard immediately after he reportedly opened the gate for two of the suspects, Duong and Tien.

Duong, a former boyfriend of Linh, intended to kill her family members and rob them, after the couple broke up in February because of opposition from Linh's family.

Duong often stayed at Linh's house when he was seeing her, and therefore knew the place very well.

He bought a knife, a stun gun, a BB pistol and SIM cards with fake registrations, as well as gloves, masks, plastic cable ties and duct tape.

On July 4, Duong asked Thoai to join him in breaking into Linh's house, and robbing and killing all her family members. Thoai agreed to help Duong. They drove a motorbike to Linh's house, located on National Highway 13, at 2pm.

In the evening, Duong sent a text message asking Vy, My's 14-year-old nephew, to open the gate. When Vy did not appear, the duo returned to their rented room in HCM City's Hoc Mon District, and planned to try again the next day.

Thoai then gave Duong a knife, but refused to join him the next day, saying that he had to visit his sick grandmother in his home town.

On July 6, Duong persuaded Tien, another friend, to help him rob Linh's family, but did not mention anything about his murder plans. Tien agreed to help Duong.

Then, Duong phoned Vy and asked him to open the gate for him later, promising to give him some money to buy video games.

On July 7, when Duong and Tien arrived at about 1am, Vy opened the gate. Duong immediately killed him.

The duo then went to the first floor of the house, where My's daughter Linh and his niece Nhu were sleeping. They tied them up and used duct tape to tape their mouths.

On the ground floor, they tied up My, his wife Nga and son Quoc Anh before Duong killed them.

The suspects stole items worth about VND49 million (US$2.200).

On July 13, Binh Phuoc Police charged Duong and Tien with murder and robbery, and detained Tran Dinh Thoai on August 9 over the same charges. — VNS

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