|Murder suspect Doãn Trung Dũng (centre) at court this morning. — Photo congly.vn|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — Doãn Trung Dũng, arrested for the murder of Nguyễn Thị Hát, 61, and her three grandchildren in Uông Bí City, was sentenced to death in a speedy trial yesterday.
Dũng’s trial opened yesterday morning at the Quảng Ninh Province’s People’s Court, and the ruling came soon after.
The 45-year-old convict, also from Uông Bí City, was charged with murder and robbery. The court has ordered him to pay VNĐ220 million (US$9,700) to the victims’ family as compensation.
Dũng is a relative of the victims and often visited their house in Phương Nam Ward. On the evening of September 23, he went to their house to meet Vũ Thị Thanh, Hát’s daughter-in-law, but she was at work. He then asked Hát to lend him money, but she did not have any.
As it was raining, he was asked to stay the night. While the family was asleep, Dũng searched the house hoping to find something to steal so that he could sell it and get money to buy drugs. When he was caught searching, he stabbed and beat Hát and her three grandchildren – nine-year-old Phạm Đình Hưng, eight-year-old Phạm Thu Hà and three-year-old Vũ Khánh Huyền – to death.
Dũng also stole a ring and a pair of earrings, which he sold for VNĐ3.3 million (US$150).
The police found traces of fingerprints, shoeprints with blood and other objects at the scene of the crime, pointing to Dũng as the prime suspect.
Dũng was arrested on the evening of September 26, a day after the Quảng Ninh police issued a most-wanted notice for him. — VNS