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Teenage triple killer gets maximum 18-year penalty

Update: January, 12/2012 - 10:17


Le Van Luyen(centre) and six of the accused were at the court. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
BAC GIANG — Le Van Luyen was sentenced yesterday to 18-years in jail for killing three members of a family in a gold-shop robbery in Bac Giang Province on August 24.

According to the provincial People's Court's indictment, Luyen received three concurrent sentence: an 18-year term for murder, an 18-year term for robbery and a nine-month term for false pretences.

On the early morning of August 24, the teenage robber brutally killed a couple and their eighteen-month daughter and chopped off the arms of another daughter. Nine-year-old Trinh Thi Bich was the only one in the family to survive. Her hand was successfully reattached in an 11-hour operation.

Luyen was arrested one week later while hiding in the northern border province of Lang Son.

Six other people, all of them Luyen's relatives, received sentences ranging from nine to 48 months for either harbouring a criminal or failing to report a criminal offence.

During the two-day trial, the relative's victims and the people present expressed their indignation and appealed that Luyen's crime deserved the highest punishment – death sentence.

However, Luyen was 17 when he committed the crime and under the current laws, he is considered a minor, so the 18-year sentence in jail is the highest punishment that could be given to Luyen.

The indictment also claimed that Luyen and his parents must bear the funeral expenses of all the victims, as well as the medical expenses of reattaching Bich's hand and the post-operation costs worth VND310 million (US$14,740).

Before the jury read the verdict, Luyen expressed his remorse for what he had done to the victims and said he was sorry. — VNS

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