|Hải Dương Police examine the scene where Minh Giám Pagoda’s keeper is found dead. — Photo phapluatplus.vn|Viet Nam News
HẢI DƯƠNG — Northern Hải Dương Province Police this morning arrested two local teenagers for allegedly killing a pagoda keeper and stealing donations made to the Minh Giám pagoda in Thanh Hà District.
The pagoda keeper, Nguyễn Hữu Kích, 76, was found dead at the pagoda yesterday morning, with rags stuffed in his mouth. His two mobile phones and money from the donation box were reportedly stolen.
Initial investigations helped police identify two suspects, Nguyễn Hữu Sơn, 15, and Nguyễn Huy Dương, 14, who were reportedly at the pagoda when the murder occurred. When police arrived to question them, they were told the duo had taken a taxi to Hà Nội.
The taxi driver told police they had paid him in small change, which is typically used for donations when visiting pagodas in Việt Nam.
The two suspects were caught in Hà Nội with the two mobile phones of the victim and a sum of VNĐ 850,000 (US$38).
They confessed to using an iron stick to beat the pagoda keeper to death before stealing the money. The case is under further investigation. — VNS